NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 11th (All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (29-19-6) at Edmonton Oilers (26-23-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will attempt to halt a six-game road losing streak tonight, as they visit the Edmonton Oilers and Rexall Place.
The Canadiens began a string off six consecutive games as the visitor on Monday, their longest trek of the season, with a 6-2 setback in Calgary. They haven't won on the road since January 17 in Ottawa and have lost eight of their last 10 overall as well.
Versus Calgary, Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Plekanec had first-period goals for the Canadiens, who have lost their last three contests, having been outscored 14-6 during that span.
Montreal gave No. 1 netminder Carey Price a rest in Monday's game, starting Jaroslav Halak, who made 35 saves in the setback. Price is 2-6-0 in his last eight starts with a 3.63 goals against average and has never faced the Oilers.
The Canadiens, who are 12-13-2 on the road this year, have fallen to fifth in the East with 64 points, one back of Philadelphia. They stay out west for the next two games of their trip, as they'll visit Colorado and Vancouver before road games in Washington and Pittsburgh.
The Oilers have also struggled as of late, as Sunday's 3-2 shootout setback to Minnesota was the club's fifth in its last seven games.
After four Edmonton shooters failed to score in the extra session, Minnesota's Mikko Koivu skated in on Dwayne Roloson and used a quick wrister to beat the netminder through the legs.
Sheldon Souray and Sam Gagner accounted for the Oilers goals. Edmonton notched three of a possible six points on a three-game road trip (1-1-1), getting outscored 12-7 on the swing. Roloson made 37 saves overall and is 2-2-1 with a 2.55 GAA lifetime versus Montreal.
Edmonton, which is 10th overall in the Western Conference, won't unpack its bags just yet. Following tonight's home contests, the Oilers go right back out for a four-game road trip. The club is 12-11-3 at home this season.
The Oilers have won five of their last six at home versus the Canadiens, with their last loss to the club as the host coming on November 22, 2003. Montreal has won two of the last three meetings in the series overall, including a 3-2 shootout home win in the last matchup on November 7, 2006.
02/11 10:49:23 ET