Montréal Canadiens (19-15-9) vs. Edmonton Oilers (27-15-2)
The Edmonton Oilers will be looking for their second straight victory over the Montréal Canadiens when these teams square off on Wednesday. Edmonton defeated Montréal on Monday, 4-1.
The Canadiens are 5-5-0 in the last 10 meetings between these teams. The Oilers are 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings. Edmonton is the favorite at -125. The odds for Montréal are set at +105.
Canadiens Collapse in Loss to EdmontonThe Montréal Canadiens entered the third period with a 1-0 lead over Edmonton, only to see the Oilers score four unanswered goals. Eric Staal had the lone goal for Montréal, his fifth of the season. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 28 shots in taking the loss.
The Canadiens are 13th in goals per game at 2.97 and 15th in goals allowed per game at 2.79 per contest. The team is 20th in shooting percentage at 9.1%. Montréal is 21st on the power-play at 18.8% and 22nd in penalty killing at 77.9%.
Carey Price was hurt in Monday’s loss, so it will be Allen in net again. He is 7-8-4 with a 2.52 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
The Canadiens are led in scoring by Tyler Toffoli with 21 goals and 32 points. Jeff Petry leads in assists with 19 and has 30 points. Montréal will be without defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Jon Merrill.
McDavid Leads Oilers Rally over CanadiensAfter being shut out for two periods, Connor McDavid helped his team to rally, scoring a goal and adding two assists in the 4-1 victory. Jesse Puljujarvi added a goal and an assist for the Oilers. Mike Smith was outstanding, stopping 22 of 23 shots.
Edmonton is eighth in goals per game at 3.21 and are 13th in goals allowed per contest at 2.75. They are seventh in shooting percentage at 10.8%. The Oilers are third on the power-play at 26.2% and 15th in penalty killing at 79.8%.
Smith is now 16-4-2 with a 2.30 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has allowed one goal or less in three of his last four games, including shutting out Winnipeg on Saturday.
McDavid leads the NHL in points with 74, scoring 24 goals and adding 50 assists. Leon Draisaitl has 22 goals and 63 points. Edmonton forward Jujhar Khaira is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game. Dmitry Kulikov is out.
- 2-6 of their last eight games.
- 1-4 of their last five games against teams with a winning record.
- 1-4 in their last five games as the underdog.
- 4-1 in their last five games.
- 20-6 and their last 26 games as the favorite.
- 14-5 in their last 19 games against teams with a losing record.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Edmonton struggled early on but put together quite a rally in the third period to knock off Allen and the Canadiens. Now they get the benefit of facing him once again, which should boost their confidence.
It was impressive that McDavid had such a big evening considering that Draisaitl did not produce any points in the game. That should put a little fire under him to get back into the action and help this team to victory.
Montréal is a mess right now. They are not getting much of an offensive push and their goaltending situation is not a good one. The Canadiens are 6-14 in the last 20 meetings in Edmonton.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total for this contest is set at 6.0. These teams combined for five goals on Monday, thanks in large part to how well Smith played in the net. He has been outstanding since taking over the No. 1 goaltending duties, helping the Oilers catapult into the playoff picture.
These teams have gone under in seven straight meetings. Montréal has gone under in five of their last six games while Edmonton has gone under in 10 of their last 12. I think Smith gives up no more than a goal here, and I am not expecting Allen to give up five or more. Take the under.
Edmonton wins, 3-1.