The Edmonton Oilers will host the Montreal Canadiens in North Division action on Monday night. The Canadiens are coming off a rough home loss to the Senators on Saturday. The Oilers are playing well and earned a win over the Jets in their previous bout. The Canadiens lead the season series 4-1.
Canadiens' Scoring Issues Resume
The Montreal Canadiens head out on a five-game road trip starting in this one. They have not been able to win games with consistency recently and own asix-point lead ahead of the Flames for the final playoff spot in the North Division. Montreal was a big favorite in a 2-0 home loss to the Senators on Saturday as the offense continues to stumble.
Tyler Toffoli has been quiet recently, collecting only two points in his last six clashes overall, and only has tallied five points this month. Overall, the talented right-winger is having a solid year, leading the team with 32 points including 21 goals. Toffoli has two points in four games against the Oilers. Josh Anderson has only been kept in check, recording four points in April. The veteran winger has 15 goals on the season. Tomas Tatar has netted four goals against Edmonton this season and has 27 points this season.
Habs’ #1 goalie Carey Price made his return to action after a six-game absence in Saturday’s loss. The veteran netminder is having a mediocre season for his standards, posting a 2.67 GAA and a .900 save % accompanied by a 12-7-5 record. Backup Jake Allen has filed a 2.80 GAA. The Canadiens are scoring an average of three goals per game, ranking them 12th. They are allowing an average of 2.7 goals, placing them 13th in the NHL.
Oilers Earn Third Win in Last Four Games
The Edmonton Oilers return to home ice after a successful 3-1-1 road trip. They were in action for the first time in one week on Saturday and blanked the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-0 score. The Oilers stand in third place in the North Division, six points out of first place.
The great Connor McDavid has accumulated another eight points in his last six games. The 24-year old superstar leads the NHL with a remarkable 71 points. McDavid surprisingly not been able to make a big impact against Montreal this season, collecting only two points in the five meetings. Leon Draisaitl is also a dominant player. The 25-year old center earned three points last time out and has 22 goals along with 41 assists on the season. Center Ryan Nugent- Hopkins (28 points) is out of action for this one.
The Oilers will have started Mike Smith between the pipes in three straight games. The veteran keeper is having an outstanding season, compiling a 2.36 GAA and a .922 save % accompanied by a 15-4-2 record. Backup Mikko Koskinen hasn’t been nearly as effective, recording a 3.09 GAA. Edmonton is 9th in the NHL with 3.2 goals per game. They are conceding an average of 2.9 goals, landing them 17th in the league.
The Montreal Canadiens are:
- 3-9 in their last 12 road games.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games when playing their third game in four nights.
The Edmonton Oilers are:
- 8-0 in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- 5-1 in their last 6 games when their opponent scores two or fewer goals in their previous game.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on one day of rest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Canadians lead the season series 4-1 however Edmonton is playing much better than Montreal right now. The Oilers have won three out of their last four games overall while the Canadiens have lost five out of their last seven clashes. Montreal is in a huge scoring slump right now, recording two or fewer goals in six out of their last seven games.
Furthermore, the Oilers have not been giving up many goals recently. They just shut out the Jets on Saturday and have conceded two or fewer goals in three out of their last four games.
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has been the very common trend for the Oilers and I don’t that changing in this matchup considering the Canadiens scoring woes. Montreal has been slumping which has also been the story against the Oilers, scoring a combined seven goals in their last three games against the Oilers this season. The under is 4-0-1 in Montreal’s last five games overall.
In addition, the Oilers have not been productive against Montreal this season either, netting only a total of seven goals in the five meetings. The under is a perfect 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these foes.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Canadiens team total is an attractive prop. The Canadiens were not able to score against one of the worst defensive teams in the Senators in their latest action. They have only managed to score a total of seven goals in their last four games overall and recently the Oilers' best strength has been their defense.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am taking the under on the first period total as well. The Canadiens were just shut out in their latest action and their lack of goals is a concern. Defensively they are solid in the opening period where they have allowed only 28 goals which is their best any of period. The Oilers’ lowest-scoring frame is the first.