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Montreal eyes third straight win; Edmonton is 1-5-1 in past seven games

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (17-12-6) at OILERS (19-15-4)



The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will look to match their season-best three-game winning streak for the fourth time this season when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday. 

The Canadiens have won the first two games of four-game road trip and are 5-1-0 in their past six games after going 1-6-3 in the previous 10. 

Montreal won 4-3 in overtime at the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Goalie Carey Price, who made 24 saves in that game, will start for the Canadiens. 

The Oilers lost their past two games and are 1-5-1 in the past seven. They lost 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Goalie Mikko Koskinen will start for the Oilers.   


Players to watch

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber has six points (two goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. 

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"It feels like it's at home in Montreal at the Bell Centre every night here in Western Canada, we all love coming out here. Even before playing for the Habs, I loved coming out to Western Canada. There are some passionate hockey fans out here and great hockey teams now too. I think Canada has a lot of good hockey to cheer for, which its great and they have a lot of talent too, so it's fun to play against these teams. I'm looking forward to playing against Edmonton." -- Canadiens forward Max Domi

"It's a hard league to win in when the score is even and we've been putting ourselves in tough situations. We're playing catch up and we're finding out the hard way that it's tough league to win in when you have to do that." -- Oilers forward Zack Kassian following the loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday 


Canadiens projected lineup 

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia

Nick Cousins -- Nick Suzuki -- Jordan Weal

Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Cale Fleury -- Mike Reilly

Carey Price 

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Christian Folin, Lukas Vejdemo

Injured: Paul Byron (knee), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Victor Mete (ankle), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion), Matthew Peca (knee)


Oilers projected lineup

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian 

James Neal -- Leon Draisaitl -- Sam Gagner

Joakim Nygard -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson

Jujhar Khaira -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Kris Russell -- Caleb Jones

Mikko Koskinen 

Mike Smith

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Patrick Russell, Markus Granlund

Injured: Matt Benning (head) 


Status report

Canadiens coach Claude Julien said after practice Friday that Mete will likely not play against the Oilers but could return Monday at the Winnipeg Jets. Mete has missed nine games. … Neither Edmonton or Montreal held a morning skate Saturday. 


Stat pack

Armia has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. … Gallagher has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past eight games. … Kassian has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games.

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