The Canadiens look to go 3-0 against the Northwest division tonight as they take on the Oilers at home. The Habs are 2-0 against the Northwest with victories over Calgary and Colorado both at the Bell Center.
The Oilers don’t get out here much and it’s always an interesting Canadian match-up. The Oilers are livid after their last game which brutal officiating cost them at least a point and cost Craig MacTavish a nice fine. They will be ready to play.
Guillaume Latendresse gets his shot on the first line. Agree with it or not, the time has come for him to prove himself and he’s being thrown right in the mix. An opportune goal will get the fans and media ranting about him all over again. A bad game and even the most ardent Latendresse fans will start questioning him.
Will the Higginless Canadiens still be the same team? Higgins alone has 18% of the Canadiens 43 goals thus far. The Habs will have to pick up the slack offensively, and scorers have to score.
Ryder, Samsonov and Kovalev can’t be silent if the Canadiens expect to win.
David Abesicher gets the start tonight, he has a career record of 8-3 against the Oilers.