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