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A Look Again

The Habs did their greatest containing Connor McDavid for 2 intervals however within the third he took over and the Habs had been nowhere to be discovered. Attempting to defend a one aim lead in opposition to the perfect participant within the league isn’t a recipe for achievement and the Habs paid dearly for it. The larger concern is that Carey Worth left the sport after the primary interval after struggling a concussion . Worth is anticipated to be out no less than every week. Dropping Worth this late into the season might be troublesome for a group who’re hanging on to a playoff spot.

Final recreation: MTL 1  EDM 4

For a whole recreation recap: Canadiens @ Oilers: Overwhelmed by McDavid

Gamers to Watch

  • Jonathan Merrill
    Merrill will make his Habs debut after serving his quarantine. Merrill is an excellent defender and has some mobility. Don’t anticipate something too flashy from him as his season excessive in factors is just 15.
  • Jake Allen
    Allen goes to be leaned on the harm to Worth. Allen has performed moderately properly however has struggled along with his rebound management. Because the Habs work to play tighter defence with Jake in internet and dealing to wash up rebounds, their offensive recreation has suffered. The group in entrance of him wants make a distinction.
  • Shea Weber
    Weber is understood within the league for his highly effective slapshot and it has been lacking these days. A scarcity of time to wind up or not in a one timer possibility has been the one factor constant for Weber this season and is a giant purpose he has solely 5 targets this season.

Keys to Victory

  • Shut down McDavid
    The Habs performed with hearth final recreation and obtained burned, McDavid turned it on within the third and scored three factors whereas taking on the sport. The Habs must be smarter and may’t afford to let up on the MVP of the league at any level within the recreation.
  • Get supplementary offence
    The Habs don’t have a participant at present on their roster the place each time he’s on the ice you anticipate to attain or get a excessive finish likelihood. The Habs have executed it by committee during the last a number of seasons. When it really works they appear untouchable nevertheless it hasn’t been and the Habs must determine it out and discover their offence as soon as once more.
  • Win particular groups
    Whereas holding onto a one aim lead the Habs had probabilities on the power-play to double their lead however they had been horrible with the person benefit. Nothing regarded proper and the Habs want a brand new strategy from Alex Burrows. 
Statistical Matchup
Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB | April 21, 10:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, SNW

2020-21 statistics

OILERS CANADIENS
56 (thirteenth) Factors (rank) 47 (seventeenth)
27-15-2 Report 19-15-9
14-8-0 House/Away 9-5-7
6-2-2 Final 10 3-7-0
3.21 GF/G 2.91
2.75 GA/G 2.79
26.2 (third) PP% (rank) 18.8 (twenty first)
79.8 (14th) PK% (rank) 77.9 (twenty second)
44.02  CF% 51.74
Pre-game Quotes
Josh Anderson
  • “You’re simply attempting to do all the pieces it takes to win hockey video games. You need the coaches’ belief. It provides you confidence in your recreation and also you simply need to go on the market and play exhausting each shift. You need to be on the ice in these essential minutes of the sport and assist your teammates with the hockey recreation. I’m simply attempting to do all the pieces I can to assist the group win and attempt to get some factors right here.”
Projected Forwards, Protection and Goaltenders (topic to alter)
Forwards
Draisaitl – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Kahun – Haas – Yamamoto
Archibald – Khaira – Chiasson
Nygard – Shore – Kassian
Toffoli – Suzuki – Armia
Tatar – Danault – Anderson
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Byron
Drouin – Staal – Perry
Defensemen
Nurse – Barrie
Russell – Larsson
Jones – Bear
Chiarot – Weber
Edmundson – Petry
Romanov – Merrill
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Stalock
Injured: Koekkoek, Klefbom, Nugent-Hopkins, Kulikov (COVID protocol)
Scratched: Frolik, Evans, Kulak
Injured: Gallagher (hand), Gustafsson (COVID protocol)
Goalies
Mike Smith Jake Allen
Report: 16-4-2
GAA: 2.30
Sv%: .923
SO: 3
Alternate: Mikko Koskinen
Report: 7-8-4
GAA: 2.52
Sv%: .914
SO: 0
Alternate: Cayden Primeau
 Recreation Expectations
The Habs must get again within the win column. After two dangerous losses the Habs don’t seem like themselves. The three most vital video games of the Habs season are developing and they should get some confidence again. The Oilers are in a distinct state of affairs, with a playoff spot virtually all however locked up they may make a run at successful the North division but.

Backside Line

Monday’s recreation was a really bodily and the contact in tonight’s recreation might be ramped up much more.

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