Edmonton Oilers at Montréal Canadiens

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The Canadiens snapped their two-game skid in their last game, and they host an Oilers team that is hot winners of three in a row.

The Oilers have won three games in a row where they have outscored their opponents 13-6. The team is one of the highest-scoring ones in the league and they are neck and neck with the Toronto Maples Leafs for the top spot in the North Division.

The Canadiens are five points back of the Oilers in the North and they had lost two in a row before a W in their last game. They have more wins than losses in the last couple of weeks and they scored five goals in their last game while they had scored that many in the previous two games.

The Oiler have won eight of their last 10 road games facing the Canadiens.

D Does in the Jets

The Oilers won their last two games facing the Winnipeg Jets where they only gave up three goals. They won the last game 4-2 where they were down 2-0 in the first period and then scored the last four goals. Four different players scored in the win including Connor McDavid, who also had an assist. Mike Smith (11-3-0 2.34 GAA) got the W stopping 29 of 31 shots and he had given up seven goals in his previous two starts. Mikko Koskinen (9-10-0 3.11 GAA) may get the nod in this game and he has been playing well as of late only giving up five goals in his last three starts.

No surprise the two big guns for the Oilers are the dynamic duo of McDavid, who leads the NHL in points, and Leon Draisaitl, who ranks fourth in the league in goals. McDavid has scored four goals in his last three games and Draisaitl has three goals and three assists over his last five games.

On the season Edmonton is 9-5-0 on the road and they have won seven of their last nine road games.

Giving It Up Twice in the Win

In their last game, the Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in a shootout where the team had the lead twice in regulation. Four different players scored for Montreal in a game where they outshot the Canucks 40-18. Carey Price (10-5-5 2.52 GAA) did not have the best stat line in the win stopping 14 of 18 shots and he has given up four goals in each of his last two starts. Jake Allen (4-3-4 2.34 GAA) may get the nod in this Monday matchup and the Canadiens have lost his last six starts where he gave up more than three goals in only one of them.

Tyler Toffoli ranks third in the NHL in goals but missed the last game with an injury and is listed as doubtful for this game. He is tied with Jeff Petry, who has a goal and two assists in his last five games, with 27 points for the balanced Canadiens team that has four players with double figures in goals. This season Montreal is 6-5-2 on home ice.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

These teams recently met in two games where Montreal outscored Edmonton 8-2 and both of those games were in Edmonton. However, the Oilers have enjoyed much success in Montreal in the last couple of seasons and I look for that to continue in this game. The Canadiens did win their last game in a shootout but the team has been out of sync for the last couple of weeks. Edmonton will pour on the offense in this game and play decent defense and because of that will win this game for their fourth win in a row.

Prediction:
Oilers +105

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

I am leaning towards the Over in this game and the main reason is that both teams can score the puck. Each team will play well on the attack but the Oilers will have the slightly better defensive game and that will be key. All of the head-to-head trends for this game point to the Over and there is no need to deviate from those trends. I see both teams scoring multiple goals and while this game will be a close one I will also be a higher scoring one, so the Over is the pick.

Prediction:
Over 6 goals