Canadiens (9-1-0) @ Oilers (3-7-0)
TV: Sportsnet and RDS – 9:00 pm.
Michel Therrien’s group continues their expedition across Western Canada, as the Canadiens are in Edmonton to take on the Oilers and rookie sensation Connor McDavid, who has totaled nine points in his last six games, filling the scoresheet in each game.
The Habs were given a day off Wednesday in Alberta after suffering a 5-1 setback against the Canucks in Vancouver. It was the first loss of the season for the Habs, who were previously undefeated heading into Tuesday night’s game with a record of 9-0-0.
In the defeat, the Habs forwards encountered a sharp Ryan Miller, who was able to keep the Canadiens off the scoresheet through the first 40 minutes of play. The Canucks goaltender’s shutout bid was ended early in the third period by Torrey Mitchell, who deflected a shot by Alexei Emelin, to score his fourth goal already this season.
As for the Oilers, they returned home after a Tuesday night matchup in Minnesota, a game the Oilers lost by the score of 4-3. Moreover, Todd McLellan’s men have lost their last three games despite scoring a total of nine goals in that stretch.
In the Oiler’s most recent loss Tuesday night against the Wild, Taylor Hall earned two points and rookie sensation Connor McDavid got an assist in 22:19 of ice time.
Currently nursing injuries, forward Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Justin Shultz were placed on injury reserve. The Oilers subsequently recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield late Wednesday afternoon, as defenseman Joey Laleggia and winger Tyler Pitlick to the roster.
As for the Canadiens, it remains to be seen if Michel Therrien will make any changes to his lineup for the match against Edmonton. With back-to-back games scheduled for Thursday and Friday night, we could see Mike Condon in action against either the Oilers or the Flames.
Jeff Petry makes his return to Edmonton where he will play his first game against his former club since being obtained by the Canadiens at last season’s trade deadline. Petry, a seven year veteran defenseman, played 295 career games with the Oilers.
In the first of two matchups between the teams this season, the Canadiens will look for their first victory against the Oilers since October 10, 2013 when they defeated Edmonton by a score of 4-1.