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McDavid, Oilers Look to Keep the Goals Coming vs Habs

Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers Preview

The Montreal Canadiens head out west for back-to-back games against the Edmonton Oilers – the first two of nine games against each other this season. Montreal lost in overtime in the team’s first game of the season in Toronto while the Oilers split their first two games with Vancouver.

Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers
  • Date/Time: January 16, 7 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Rogers Place
  • TV Coverage: TVA
  • Opening Odds: Oilers -145 | O/U 6.5 (Line History)
  • Canadiens vs Oilers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The game opened with the Oilers as favorites at -145 but the line has shifted toward the Habs who are now favored at most sportsbooks in the -107 to -115 range. Edmonton is favored at a couple other books while the odds are even at others. The total is set at 6.5 with the UNDER the favorite at -115 at most books.

Montreal News & Notes

It is all smiles for Canadiens fans after one game despite losing their opener in Toronto. Questions abound for how the Habs lineup would gel with so many few faces in prominent roles, and those questions will not be fully answered for another few months. But the early returns were positive as multiple new players made a significant impact.

Winger Josh Anderson, acquired in a trade for Max Domi this offseason, scored twice and led the team with seven shots while new defensemen Joel Edmundson and Alexander Romanov had an assist each. Romanov was particularly impressive as it was the first-career game for the 21-year-old former second round pick. The rookie was third on the team in ice time and played significant time on the power play.

Montreal’s young, talented core should have plenty of opportunities to score against a soft Edmonton defense.

Star goalie Carey Price is expected to make his second start of the year. Price allowed five goals in Wednesday’s loss in Toronto.

Edmonton News & Notes

It was a tale of two games for Oilers star Connor McDavid in the teams two matchups against Vancouver to start the season. McDavid was held off the scoresheet in the first game, recording five shots to lead the team. But in game two McDavid exploded for three goals and an assist, leading the team again with nine shots. The favorite for almost every major NHL trophy, McDavid showed off his ability to win a game on his own on Thursday.

The Oilers were out chanced and had worse possession numbers than the Canucks in both games, the main difference being McDavid and company converting their attempts in the second game.

In net, Mikko Koskinen is expected to make his third start of the season in Saturday’s game. Koskinen put up rather good numbers last season posting a .917 save percentage, but, like McDavid and the rest of the Oilers, he has had one good game and one not so good game this season.

Betting Pick: OVER 6.5

The value just isn’t there to pick one team over the other in the matchup. But it is there on the OVER at certain sportsbooks. The Habs really struggled on the penalty kill for much of last season and in their first game, and the Oilers have a lethal power play. This game could easily get to seven goals or more.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last six games vs the Oilers.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Montreal’s last five games as the favorite.
  • The OVER is 6-1 in Edmonton’s last seven games.