How to watch
Start time: 10:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Oilers region: Sportsnet West
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Live
Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers was less than ideal. The Montreal Canadiens managed to keep the Oilers off the scoresheet and hold onto their one-goal lead for a full 50 minutes.
Then there were the final 10 minutes.
Ethan Bear managed to get the puck past Jake Allen to tie it up. Not long after that, Connor McDavid finally got his first goal against the Habs this season. And the shots kept coming. The end result was four unanswered goals to make it 4-1 for Edmonton.
It’s been said many, many times during this season and, let’s be honest, previous seasons, that Montreal needs to play a full 60 minutes. If this result doesn’t prove it, I don’t know what does.
Tale of the Tape
|54.9% (2nd)||Corsi-for pct.||48.5% (20th)|
|2.91 (13th)||Goals per game||3.20 (8th)|
|2.79 (15th)||Goals against per game||2.75 (13th)|
|18.8% (21st)||PP%||26.2% (3rd)|
|77.9% (22nd)||PK%||79.8% (15th)|
At the start of the second period, we saw Allen replace Carey Price between the pipes. Early in the game, McDavid thought he had gotten on the board, but it was called back due to goaltender interference by Alex Chiasson. During the collision, it was Price’s head that ended up coming in contact with Chiasson. As a result of the hit to the head, Price was underwent the concussion protocol, and it was announced on Tuesday that he’ll miss the rest of this week’s games.
The whole affair was pretty physical with 33 hits being laid between both parties during the first period alone. Alexander Romanov was the first to get things going, laying the body to Jujhar Khaira in a hit that sent the 6’4” forward to the room for the remainder of the game. He was expected to be assessed on Tuesday, so the Oilers will wait and see if he’ll be joining his teammates on the ice for the rematch tonight.
Another name that remains up in the air is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who’s been joining group practices but may hold off on returning until the Oilers come back after their four-day break which starts after tonight’s game.
Jon Merrill has finished up his quarantine stint and joined his new team on the ice for practice on Tuesday, being paired up with Romanov. Dominique Ducharme is planning to wait until this morning’s skate to see if he’ll be placing the new guy in tonight’s lineup to see what he’s made of.
With Price on the sidelines again, Ducharme said there’s a good chance we’re going to see Cayden Primeau suit up during the road trip and give Allen a well-deserved night off, so the goaltender will know he has a rest on the horizon during this long trip.
The Oilers haven’t yet clinched their playoff berth, but they’re not slacking off either, winning four of their last five contests. They currently sit just one point behind the second-place Winnipeg Jets and the gap between them and the Canadiens is getting wider, now at nine points.
While Montreal sits six points ahead of the Calgary Flames, they’re finishing up this road trip with three games against the Flames. It’s time to get in the game, play the full 60 minutes, and shake off whatever’s been holding them back these past few weeks.