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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 Canadiens @ Oilers 9:30 PM EST Sportsnet RDS TSN 690


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Our league-leading Habs (7-1-0) visit the Oilers (3-4-1)

TV: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, and Pacific and RDS
Radio: TSN 690 CKGM, 630 CHED

Season series: In the first game this season between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers, Montreal and Edmonton enter Monday as the first-place team in the East and next-to-last-place team in the West respectively. The Canadiens and Oilers split two early-season games in 2013-14, with each winning in the opposition's arena.

Canadiens team scope: First-place Montreal arrives in Edmonton fresh off a perfect four-game homestand in its first extended stay at the Bell Centre this season. Each of those wins came against a team that reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past spring, including two reigning division champions and the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers, whom the Canadiens beat 3-1 on Saturday in the first game between the teams since they met in the 2014 Eastern Conference Final. The Canadiens have seven wins in their first eight games for the first time in 53 years, a stretch during which they won the Stanley Cup 12 times. "I don't think we should put too much into it," said Canadiens forward Lars Eller, who scored his first goal of the season in Montreal's win against New York. "It's not like we're the best Habs team in 50 years, but we do have a really good feeling within this room."

Oilers team scope: Despite being one point out of last place in the Western Conference standings, the Oilers may be in the midst of a turnaround. Edmonton has won three in a row on its seven-game homestand since dropping the opener to the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Friday, as rookie Leon Draisaitl's first NHL goal proved to be the game-winner. With two days off before Monday, Edmonton got more good news on Sunday when goalie Viktor Fasth practiced for the first time since injuring his groin against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 14. "It felt good to be on the ice today," Fasth said after practice Sunday. "I've been skating for a couple of days here and today was the first real action with reacting and stuff but it felt good."

The first game of the western trip. Who's ready?


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I would like to see Toks get this start, as Calgary will be tougher to beat.

If it were me, I'd start Tokarski tonight and Price tomorrow against CGY.

Hey does anybody like the idea of starting Tokarski tonight and playing Price in Calgary tomorrow? :D :D :P

Seriously though, I would start Tokarski tonight and play Price tomorrow against Calgary. :ph34r::ph34r:

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Enjoyable read .... well, mostly if you're a Habs fan, I suppose:


I'd never given Coach Eakins much thought before now. Suddenly, I'm a pretty big fan. :lol:

He's actually got a sense of humour, and is fairly frank. Not typical NHL coach qualities. I gotta like it. Example:

“The other thing that’s impressive with Montreal is their tenacity in the red zone. When pucks go to the net, they’re not a huge team, but it’s like they’re a bunch of wild dogs and somebody threw a piece of meat in there.”

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Tokes gets the start.


Looks like Bealieu also in and Tinordi out as per RDS

Sort of surprised, Tinordi has looked better than Weaver although I guess they are more confident with the Vet on the PK right now. Playing the smooth skating Beau againt the oilers makes a lot of sense. Wouldnt be surprised to see the hard hitting Tinordi back in against the more physical flames tomorrow night.

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Two Rangers ejected for dirty hits against Minnesota players tonight.

Chris Kreider (surprise, surprise) and John Moore (more surprise, surprise).

Vigneault keeps putting Ryan "Hiccup" Malone (4th liner now, 4GP, 0 Pts, -5) in the box to serve the misconducts. :lol:

Minne up 2-0 in the 2nd. Probably another Minni shutout coming. Nuts. That's OK -- another West team being the East MTL competition, so all's good.

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Kreider got a boarding major, and Moore got a 10 min. match, not sure why, against Haula. Heard something about a hit to the head with an elbow tho.

SOG 24-8 Wild ,,,,,,3-0 now

I'm thinking John Moore will be suspended 3+ games (repeat offender); it was much like his one on Wiese last play-offs.

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I'm thinking John Moore will be suspended 3+ games (repeat offender); it was much like his one on Wiese last play-offs.

It was exceptionally obvious, too. I'd love to hear what defence Moore thinks he can put up for that, because it was 100% clearly a predatory attempt to injure.

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