The NHL leading Canadiens start off a 3 game Western Canada road swing tonight in Edmonton against a perennially not-so-great Oilers team that might have finally started to put things together. The Oilers, on a modest* 3 game win streak, have received great goaltending from Scrivens. It also appears that junior aged centre, Leon Draisaitl, might be showing signs of sticking after notching his first NHL goal on Friday night.
I expect changes to the Habs lines whether it comes tonight or tomorrow night in Calgary. Nathan Beaulieu and Michael Bournival have both been recalled from Hamilton for the road trip. I can't imagine a reality where Price plays 3 games in four nights and one of Bournival or Beaulieu don't get a look.
Haven't heard of any changes to the lines yet, but when I do I'll update the projected lines. One prediction - Bourque - who is goalless in 8 games - rides the pine in favour of Bournival at some point. Update #1: Dustin Tokarski gets the start tonight against the Oilers while Price will start against the Flames. Update #2: There appear to be no changes to Montreal's lines for tonight, but one change to the D:
Therrien confirme aussi que Beaulieu prendra la place de Tinordi dans la formation. / Beaulieu is in for Tinordi tonight. #gohabsgo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 27, 2014
Is Benoit Pouliot becoming this generation's version of Brent Ashton? Does Beaulieu's recall mean that Morgan Ellis or Dalton Thrower finally get into a game (Joe Finley has played all 6 Bulldogs games for those interested)? What kind of package could the Habs put together for Eberle? When will we Michael Bournival on the ice?
Puck drop is at 9:30 PM ET. You can watch:
In the Habs' region (English): Sportsnet East
In the Habs' region (French): RDS
In Oil Country: Sportsnet West
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live
Update #3: turluter points out that this is a nationally televised game meaning that if you get Sportsnet in any way you should be able to watch this game no matter what part of the country you're in. Thanks turluter. That's worth some points!
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Brendan Gallagher|
|Alex Galchenyuk||Tomas Plekanec||PA Parenteau|
|Rene Bourque||Lars Eller||Dale Weise
|Brandon Prust||Manny Malhotra||Travis Moen|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Mike Weaver|
Scratches: Jiri Sekac, Michael Bournival, Jarred Tinordi
As for the Edmonton Oilers, the ones voted most likely to succeed** against the Habs are:
|David Perron||Leon Draisaitl||Teddy Purcell|
|Benoit Pouliot||Mark Arcobello||Nail Yakupov|
|Matt Hendricks||Boyd Gordon||Jesse Joensuu|
|Andrew Ference||Jeff Petry|
|Martin Marincin||Justin Schultz|
|Nikita Nikitin||Mark Fayne
Injured: Viktor Fasth (groin)
Scratches: Brad Hunt, Will Acton
Check out the opposing side at The Copper & Blue
* I say modest because it isn't a 7-1 tear
** Hands up if you got that SNFU reference