The Oilers have only one win in five tries against the Habs this season. Montreal has outscored Edmonton 15-7.
“I think we haven’t really played our ‘A’ game against them yet. That’s on us, more than it is on them,” said Leon Draisaitl. “They’ve also done a good job of staying above us and limiting our chances off the rush and in zone. It’s going to be a good challenge tonight. We’re obviously looking to get them back.”
Joakim Nygard is expected to play his second straight game. He’s only played seven games this season, spending most of the time on the taxi squad.
“You try to work on parts of your game, like rims, being strong on the puck, working on my shot,” said Nygard. “I felt pretty good in practice for a couple weeks now. It’s fun to get an opportunity.”
On Sunday, the Oilers called up forward Ryan McLeod from Bakersfield. He’s had an excellent season with the Condors, putting up 28 points in 28 games. He’ll have to quarantine before hitting the ice with Oilers Sunday or Monday.
“He’s driving the play down there. He’s intriguing because of his size, speed, ability to create the offence. We’d like to get him in some games here down the stretch to see where he’s at,” said head coach Dave Tippett.
The Oilers expected lineup against Montreal is:
Draisaitl – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Archibald – Khaira – Chiasson
Kahun – Haas – Yamamato
Nygard – Shore – Kassian
Nurse – Barrie
Russell – Larsson
Jones – Bear
The Oilers and Canadiens are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m.