Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two teams squaring off for the first time this season, the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers take the ice at Rogers Place. The opening face-off takes place at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 13, and you will be able to view this cross-country matchup live on Sportsnet West.

Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers Odds

Montreal (+120) is entering this one as the underdog to Edmonton (-140), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.

Montreal is 9-8 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 17 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2018-19 Canadiens team is 3-4 SU on the road.

Montreal has converted on just 13.8 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.7 percent of its penalties.

Montreal, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.1 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Boasting a .892 save percentage and 25.5 saves per game, Carey Price (5-7-3) has been the top option in goal for Montreal this year. If Montreal decides to rest him, however, the team might go with Antti Niemi (4-1 record, .894 save percentage, 3.30 goals against average).

The visiting Canadiens have relied on Max Domi and Tomas Tatar this season. Domi has 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists, and has recorded two or more points five times. Tatar has seven goals and eight assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in eight games).

On the other bench, Edmonton is 8-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Nine of its outings have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. So far this year, the team is 3-4 SU at home.

Edmonton has converted on 20.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 72.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Edmonton players have been penalized 3.8 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Cam Talbot has stopped 25.0 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for Edmonton. Talbot has five wins, eight losses, and one OT loss to his name and has registered a pedestrian 3.09 goals against average and a subpar .895 save percentage this season.

Connor McDavid (10 goals, 13 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the Oilers.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Montreal’s last five games.
  • Montreal has managed 28.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Edmonton is averaging 34.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • The Oilers are 4-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canadiens are 3-4 SU when they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
  • Edmonton skaters have forced 12.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 9.1 takeaways per game (ranked 7th in the league).
  • Montreal has managed 6.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 7.5 takeaways per game (ranked 16th in the league).