Montreal Canadiens (38-22-8) at Edmonton Oilers (35-23-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 12, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
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The Montreal Canadiens look to stay red hot as they continue their road trip in Alberta against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
The Canadiens are coming off a shutout loss against the Calgary Flames on Friday night but will be out to salvage a split in Alberta as they take on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday in a game that has big playoff implications for both sides. Montreal had been one of the league’s hottest teams until Friday’s loss but even still they are 6-1 in their last seven games and are Still very much in the driver’s seat in the Atlantic division as they have rectified their losing ways and are looking like a Cup contender once again. Montreal is however a disappointing 1-4 in their last five games when playing on a Sunday and face off against an Oilers side that is having a good season in their own right and will need a big effort here in order to stay in the top three in the Pacific.
The Oilers are 4-1 in their last five games against teams in the Atlantic division but they have fallen off a bit in the season’s second half and while their spot in the Western Conference playoffs looks like a lock they are falling out of favour in the Pacific and could drop into the wild card picture. Edmonton is coming off a shootout loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins and while they only managed a single point against the defending champs they did look very sharp for the most part and ran into a very hot goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury who stopped the Oilers point blank on a number of glorious opportunities.
The Habs are 6-1 in their last seven overall and 6-0 in their last six playing on two day’s rest while the Oilers are 2-5 in their last seven Sunday games and 15-3 in their last 18 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous outing. This should be an exciting contest but I think Edmonton carries over some momentum from Friday and get the victory at home in this one.