Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 3  CGY  2  

The Habs nearly played a very good road game versus Calgary. The Flames pressed the Canadiens for the final ten minutes after Montreal had dominated for the middle part of the game.

For a complete recap: Canadiens – Flames: Habs Notch Second Win on Western Road Trip

Players to watch

  • Connor McDavid
    The Oilers have won three in a row and will go as far as McDavid takes them. Shutting him down will be key for the Habs.
  • Artturi Lehkonen
    Lehkonen returned from injury against Calgary and set up the game winning goal by Brendan Gallagher. Lehkonen was positive force for the Habs all game and was out in a defensive role in the last minute. 
  • Antti Niemi
    Niemi will get the start in Edmonton with Carey Price having earned the win the night before. The Canadiens will need the good Niemi to show up for this one.

Keys to Victory

  • Forecheck hard
    The Canadiens were aggressive on the forecheck controlling the play against the Flames and will need a repeat performance in this game.
  • Score with the man advantage
    Montreal has iced one of the better power-plays in December and will need to finish the month strongly.
  • Empty the tank
    The Canadiens can take advantage of the holiday break by With a few days off after this game the Habs really need to empty the tank and leave it all out on the ice.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB | December 23, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, TVA

2017-18 statistics

39 (26th) Points (rank) 34 (23rd)
16-17-2 Record 16-15-4
7-10-0 Home/Away 7-8-1
6-4-0 Last 10 6-3-1
2.97 GF/G 2.74
3.17 GA/G 3.11
16.3 PP% 18.3
73.2 PK% 77.4
 53.63  CF%  51.23
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Lucic – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Maroon – Nugent-Hopkins – Caggiula
Khaira – Draisaitl – Strome
Cammalleri – Letestu – Kassian
Pacioretty – Drouin – Byron
Galchenyuk – Danault – Shaw
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Nurse – Russell
Sekera – Benning
Davidson – Larsson
Alzner – Petry
Benn – Schlemko
Morrow – Jerabek
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Gryba, Auvitu, Slepyshev
Injured: Klefbom
Scratched: De La Rose, Lernout, Hudon
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Montoya
Cam Talbot Antti Niemi
Record: 13-10-1
GAA: 2.92
Sv%: .905
SO: 1
Alternate: Laurent Brossoit
Record: 2-1-0
GAA: 2.66
Sv%: .921
SO: 0
Alternate: Carey Price
 What to Expect
The Habs need to a have a repeat performance with tight checking once again. 

Prediction: Canadiens 4  Oilers 2 

 The Canadiens depth should be the difference maker in the game.

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