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Game #14 Tue, 8 Nov 2011 Oilers @ Canadiens 7:30 PM


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Game #14

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Here's the recap of our last meeting...back on Feb.17/11

Oilers 4, Canadiens 1

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Oilers face off against rival Canadiens

OILERS (8-3-2) at CANADIENS (5-6-2)

TV: RDS (HD), SNET-W (HD), TSN-HABS (HD)

Last 10: Edmonton 7-2-1; Montreal 4-4-2

Season Series: This is the first of two meetings this season between the two Canadian franchises. The Oilers won both matchups between the teams last season, including a 4-3 victory on Dec. 1, 2010, in which Dustin Penner scored the overtime winner.

Big Story: While the Canadiens have overcome a rough start, the young Oilers remain one of the top stories of the young NHL season. Saturday night saw both teams' lengthy win streaks end with hard-fought losses. Edmonton's six-game run ended with a 4-2 loss in Phoenix while the Canadiens' four-game streak was snapped by a 5-3 loss in New York against the Rangers.

Team Scope:

Oilers: After finishing 30th overall the past two seasons, few people expected the Oil to stand atop the Northwest Division a month into the 2011-12 season. That first-place record is due mostly to the recent six-game win streak, the team's longest since 2002.

While the streak is striking for a team that won 25 games all last season, the most impressive number might be the six goals the Oilers allowed in that stretch, which included shutout victories over the Rangers and Kings. Playing their second match in a six-game road swing, the Oilers came into Phoenix on Saturday, where goals from Daymond Langkow and Adrian Aucoin spotted the Coyotes a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Oilers would cut the Phoenix lead in the third period to 2-1 and 3-2, but Ray Whitney's empty-netter would end the Oilers' winning run.

"I didn't think we were competitive enough to start the game," coach Tom Renney said. "We really had to muster everything to get ourselves back in the game."

Canadiens: After stumbling out of to a 1-5-2 start, the franchise's worst in 70 years, the Canadiens managed to get back to the .500 mark thanks to a four-game win streak. Looking to earn a winning record for the first time this season, the Canadiens came to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, only to give the Rangers nine separate power plays, allowing one goal on a two-man advantage.

After trailing 3-0 through 20 minutes, the Canadiens cut the Rangers lead to 3-2 and then 4-3 before Ryan Callahan scored into an empty net to end the Habs' win streak. But the real turning point came after the Canadiens cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 with consecutive goals in the second period. With 1:10 remaining in the third, Brad Richards snapped a wrist shot past Carey Price, who was starting for the second time in 24 hours and appeared to be screened on the play.

"That goal was probably the key goal, because I thought we were back in the hockey game," coach Jacques Martin said. "I thought we had a strong second period, with a goal at the beginning of the period that gave us momentum. There was a mistake in the neutral zone. That cost us."

Who's Hot: Rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to pace the Oilers attack, with 4 points in his last five games. Ryan Smyth has 7 points in his current four-game point streak. … For the Canadiens, Andrei Kostitsyn has a point in each of his last three games and Tomas Plekanec has 7 points in his last five games.

Injury Report: The Oilers' defense could be depleted in Montreal, as Ryan Whitney (knee) and Cam Barker (shoulder) could both be out, while forwards Ales Hemsky (shoulder) and Darcy Hordichuk (knee) are on IR. … For the Canadiens, Andrei Markov (knee), Ryan White (hernia surgery), and Chris Campoli (leg) are on IR while Scott Gomez remains out with an upper-body injury.

Stat Pack: Nugent-Hopkins' 12 points in 13 games have him tied for the team lead with Smyth. If he can stay healthy and maintain that scoring pace, the League's leading rookie scorer should have no trouble making the NHL All-Rookie Team, which would make him the first Oilers forward to make the team and the first Edmonton player since Tom Gilbert in 2008.

Puck Drop: While they're ranked 17th in offense, the Canadiens have managed to get balanced scoring this season. Through 13 games, they have seven players with at least 3 goals. Only four teams -- Philadelphia, Washington, Vancouver, and Chicago -- have more.

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GO PRICE

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GOMEZ RETURNS TO PRACTICE; KOSTITSYN LEAVES EARLY

Later today,the habs line -up will be posted.B)

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they're fast the oilers- or so i hear.

we unfortunately didn't get much practice with what we will be needing against the rangers. bad luck that, but it being a home match i'm hoping that we can recognize some of the things we did well last game and apply it to this one. we don't want to fall into the booins habit of static gaming- not having any give or take to our play- but we certainly don't want to think of ourselves as being elite. some happy medium.

and nice thread X. i especially like the slide show shots of hamr and gomez. :rolleyes:

i guess maybe you made this thread yesterday after deserting scoreboard watching. :unsure:

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FH That's a really good Game Day Thread

Now come on guys get this in your head

These Oilers are more than good

Remember that if you could

Tonight you will need all your speed and skill

This could be a game that could really thrill

Carey we need the best from you

The D must do what they are supposed to do

Our forwards will have to light it up

These guys think they have a chance at the cup

Tonight we need to give everything

We need to hear the rafters ring

Good and loud with all our cheers

Could be one of the best games in years

GO HABS GO :lol: :lol:

And I am going to miss it Ma in laws birthday

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My Oilers is playing my 2nd favorite team. I really enjoy watching the Habs play, but unfortunately, today I will have to cheer against you :P. I am really looking forward to this game and hope both teams put 100% effort tonight.

My biased prediction. 5-4 Oilers

Goals by

Taylor Hall

Ryan Nugent Hopkins

Ales Hemsky x2

Anton Lander

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My Oilers is playing my 2nd favorite team. I really enjoy watching the Habs play, but unfortunately, today I will have to cheer against you :P. I am really looking forward to this game and hope both teams put 100% effort tonight.

My biased prediction. 5-4 Oilers

Goals by

Taylor Hall

Ryan Nugent Hopkins

Ales Hemsky x2

Anton Lander

Oilers are playing some really good hockey and will be a scary team for years to come. Glad to see them back on track. I want all Canadian teams to do well, except when they play the Habs :lol:

My totally biased opinion, 6-2 Habs. :)

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My Oilers is playing my 2nd favorite team. I really enjoy watching the Habs play, but unfortunately, today I will have to cheer against you :P. I am really looking forward to this game and hope both teams put 100% effort tonight.

My biased prediction. 5-4 Oilers

Goals by

Taylor Hall

Ryan Nugent Hopkins

Ales Hemsky x2

Anton Lander

Hemsky is on injured reserve, so if he was supposed to get 2 goals,,,,it now turns into a 4-3 win for our Habs :P

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Hemsky is on injured reserve, so if he was supposed to get 2 goals,,,,it now turns into a 4-3 win for our Habs :P

hemsky's playing tonight on the second line.

Taylor Hall - RNH - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones - Eric Belanger - Sam Gagner

Ben Eager - Anton Lander - Lennart Petrell

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Thank you all...your to kind ,:D...now...GO HABBBIES!

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i guess maybe you made this thread yesterday after deserting scoreboard watching. :unsure:

How rude of me...no good-bye's :rolleyes:

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F Andrei Kostitsyn left practice early for a second straight day and head coach Jacques Martin says he's doubtful but will be a gametime decision (lower body). If Kostitsyn doesn't play, Yannick Weber would play forward and Michael Blunden would remain in the lineup. - TSN

Tuesday's projected lines vs Edmonton

Forwards:

Pacioretty - Plekanec - Gionta

Cammalleri - Desharnais - Cole

Moen - Eller - Weber

Darche - Nokelainen - Blunden

Defence:

Gorges - Subban

Gill - Diaz

Spacek - Emelin

Goaltenders:

Price

Budaj

F Ales Hemsky, who has been out of the lineup since October 13 with a shoulder injury, will play tonight vs Montreal. - TSN

Magnus Paajarvi will be a scratch for tonight's contest. The winger has one assist in the last 13 games. - TSN

Defenceman Cam Barker is back in the lineup after missing three games with a shoulder injury. - TSN

Nikolai Khabibulin gets the start in tonight's contest. - TSN

Projected Lines vs. Canadiens

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Smyth – Horcoff – Hemsky

Jones – Belanger – Gagner

Eager – Lander – Petrell

Defence:

Smid – Gilbert

Barker – Peckham

Potter – Petry

Goaltenders:

Khabibulin

Dubnyk

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Great GDT, FH. Thanks again for doing it.

Hey clues,:D...no problem at all.

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