On the 29th of October Edmonton Oilers welcomes Montreal Canadiens over at Rexall Place. Edmonton has got a half decent start to this season with a 3-7 record, the team traded Cam Talbot from the rangers during the summer and the viking believes that this could very well be the Oilers year to reach the Stanley cup playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens on the other hand have had an explosive start to the season with a 9-1 record and they´re regarded by many as the best team in the NHL at the moment. The Canadiens have traditionally relied a lot on Price to carry them, playing slow-paced goal empty games. But this has changed this season and the Canadiens are playing a more fast paced, goal heavy style of hockey.
The Montreal Canadiens will be coming into this game with 9 regulation time victories and 1 regulation time defeat. The one defeat was in their last game versus the Vancouver Canucks, a road game which ended 1-5 in favor of the Canucks. The loss ended the Canadiens winning streak and the hopes of joining the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres as the only teams to win 10 straight games at the start of the season, however the Canadiens made NHL history as the first team to win 9 straight regulation time games at the start of the season. Carey Price currently has a save percentage of 94.5% and a GAA of 1.75. The team captain Max Pacioretty leads the “Plus-minus” with 7 goals and 4 assists bolstering a +12 rating, he´s followed at the top by teammates; Tomas Plekanec, P.K Subban, Andrei Markov and B Gallagher.
The Edmonton Oilers will be coming into this game with 3 regulation time victories and 7 regulation time losses. The team was struggling last year having a young squad which needed to grow into their roles and now with a new coaching staff the team faces the same scenario. However the team should be having a better starting point this season in comparison to the last season with the recent acquisition of Cam Talbot who had a great year in the Rangers last season, stepping into Henrik Lundquist shoes when he took a puck to the throat.
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The vikings prediction for this game is that the Montreal Canadiens wins in regulation time. This is really a no brainer pick as the Canadiens tops almost every statistics having both a top of the line offense and defence with one of the leagues best goalkeepers to top it of. Edmonton needs to work with both their squad and their coaching staff to handle the challenges with inconsistency that team is currently facing, team moral obviously needs to be high for them to perform but when they get rolling they are not a team to be counted out lightly. If the Oilers score first in this fixture then the over 5.5 goals pick is an autobet for every gambler, the same goes with the Canadiens +1.5, since the Canadiens tend to score a lot better in the 2nd and 3rd period.
Edmonton Oilers – Montreal Canadiens 2-5 @ 27.00
The vikings picks for this game:
Over 5.5 goals @ 1.88
Edmonton Oilers – Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Canadiens regulation time @ 2.03
Edmonton Oilers – Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Canadiens moneyline @ 1.65
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