NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 1st
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (7-12-4) at Montreal Canadiens (15-8-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to record consecutive wins for
the first time since the opening week of the season when they visit the
Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre.
The Oilers, who are last in the Western Conference with just 18 points, began
their three-game tour of Northeast Division cities with Monday's triumph in
Ottawa. It was the third win in five games for Edmonton and just the fifth
victory for the club since beginning the season with consecutive wins over
Calgary and Florida.
Edmonton notched a 4-1 victory over the Senators on Monday, as Andrew Cogliano
and Gilbert Brule both tallied in the third period for the Oilers. Cogliano
has two goals and an assist in his last three contests after failing to
register a point in his previous 10 games.
"Andrew (Cogliano) has played very well for us this year from start to finish
at this point in time. My hope is that the trend continues," Edmonton head
coach Tom Renney said.
Tom Gilbert also supplied a power-play goal for the Oilers, who snapped a six-
game losing streak to the Senators that dated to March 14, 2004. Martin Gerber
turned away 22 shots to notch his second win in as many starts with Edmonton.
The Oilers played their third straight game without winger Ales Hemsky, who
has been bothered by a groin injury. Hemsky is tied for second on the team
with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) and is questionable again tonight.
Edmonton is 4-6-3 as the guest this year and will complete its road trip
Thursday in Toronto.
The Oilers have not fared well in Montreal recently, losing three straight and
five of their last six tests in Quebec. The clubs have split the last eight
meetings overall in the series.
The Canadiens completed a solid November with Saturday's win over visiting
Buffalo. The 3-1 regulation victory boosted Montreal's record during the month
Brian Gionta's two goals and one assist led Montreal past the Sabres on
Saturday. Andrei Kostitsyn registered a goal and one helper and Tomas Plekanec
posted a pair of assists for the Canadiens, who have taken six of their last
seven on home ice.
"You just have to keep putting it on the net and hoping one or two will go
in," Gionta said of his good fortune on Saturday. "Getting the opportunities
is key, because they'll find their way in. Plekanec is an easy guy to play
with and strong on his skates. He's consistent and what he does often goes
Carey Price carried a shutout for the first 58-plus minutes but finished with
35 saves for the win, his 14th of the season.
Montreal, which will make a return trip to Edmonton on Feb. 17., is 9-4-1 as
the host this season.
12/01 10:43:27 ET