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Tomas Plekanec broke out of his scoring slump in a big way, gettting a goal and three assists, and Bens Scrivens was outstanding in goal, as the Montreal Canadiens dispatched of the visiting Edmonton Oilers with a much needed 5-1 win.

Join Nick Murdocco, along with Coach K and Steve Farnham, as they breakdown what went right, where the Oilers went wrong, and how Michel Therrien said he trust Desharnais more defensively than Eller??? Kelly Greig of Global Montreal joins us live from the Bell Centre to elaborate.

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With Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oliers, after a 7-12 drubbing of the Ottawa Senators omn Thursday, have left Montreal Canadiens with hopes of a win on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.

Join Coach K and Steve Farnham as they go through the lineup, and try to give Habs’ fans a glimpse of hope ahead of this matchup.

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MHT Post-Game: Oilers vs. Habs – Feb. 12th, 2015

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Despite playing a solid game for two periods, the Montreal Canadiens got outshot heavily in the third, ultimately losing in overtime 4-3 to the lowly Edmonton Oilers. Join Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Craig, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd and Coach K as they try to make sense of what transpired.

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Oilers – Oct. 27th, 2014

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The Montreal Canadiens were a no show on Monday night, falling at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 3-0. Join Corey Collard, Bradley Karp, Sean Lloyd, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they go over the night’s misfortunes.

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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Oilers – Oct 27th, 2014

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they preview tonight’s 1st game of the Canadiens’ Western swing against the Edmonton Oilers. Joining them from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca, is David Mallett of OilOnWhyte.com

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A full house for the pre-game show tonight, as Steven Hindle and Rob Elbaz are joined by Corey Collard and Coach K to preview the Habs versus Canucks matchup tonight. Along with the boys, Allen Tung of TheCanuckWay.com weighs in on how the Canucks will have to perform in order to win against “Les Glorieux.”

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Match-Up:

The Canadiens (1-2-0) head north to Edmonton to face the Oilers (1-2-0) Thursday night. The game is set to start at 9:30 Eastern Time and airs on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the first of two meetings between these teams, the next match is later this month at the Bell Centre. The last time these teams met was March 2012 when the Habs pulled off a 5-3 win in Edmonton. Max Pacioretty and PK Subban each had 3-point nights in that game.

What to Watch:

PK Subban lit the lamp for the first time this season against the Flames Wednesday and added an assist as well, but he also picked up two penalties including one at with time running out and the Habs down by one. Subban is proving to be a valuable leader but will need to maintain his discipline to help the Habs find success.

Peter Budaj will get his first start of the season, the veteran netminder went 8-1-1 last year with a 2.78 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

The Oilers have three first overall drafts picks from the last four years in their lineup, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, three players that could determine the future success of this team. Nugent-Hopkins missed the first two games of the season but scored in his debut against the Devils on Monday, Taylor Hall also had a goal in that game but Yakupov is still looking for his first point this season.

What’s at Stake:

The Habs dropped game one of their four game road trip against a young Calgary team that on paper should never have had a chance against them. They play their second game in two nights against an Edmonton team in much the same situation and while it’s early in the season, the Habs can’t afford to put in sub-par efforts against these types of teams.

Who’s Out:

Josh Gorges saw limited action against the Flames Wednesday, no word yet on whether he was injured and if he’ll be dressed against the Oilers. Max Pacioretty (wrist) played Wednesday but didn’t look 100%. George Parros (concussion), Alexei Emelin (knee), Douglas Murray (upper body) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder) are also missing for the Habs.

The Oilers will be without forwards Sam Gagner (jaw), Jesse Joensuu (back) and Steve MacIntyre (knee), and defensemen Denis Grebeshkov (groin) and Corey Potter (back).

What Else:

The Kid Line (EGG Line?) continues to lead the charge for the Habs. Eller, who’s found the back of the net in all three games this year, picked up his fourth goal on Wednesady, giving him close to half of the team’s total production. Meanwhile, sophomore Alex Galchenyuk has picked up assists on 5 of the team’s 9 goals this year.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you, which group of youngsters would you prefer on your team, Galchenyuk, Gallagher and Eller or Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Yakupov?

Have your say by leaving a comment below or use the #MTLHockey hashtag to let us know on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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When I was asked by Montreal Hockey Talk to choose which country I thought would bring home the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympics, Canada jumped to mind without hesitation.

While I am Canadian, this is in no way a prediction based solely on where my heart lies. The reason why Canada is known for hockey, and why not winning gold in any tournament we play in is unacceptable is simply because it is in our blood.

Hockey is Canadian culture. It’s no surprise that our country boasts the most talent when it comes to the game we hold so dear. That is not meant to disrespect any other country. This gold medal is in no way a guarantee. With the skill of Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin to name a few in Russia, the men between the pipes for Finland in Tuuka Rask, Pekka Rinne and Niklas Backstrom and the NHL stacked team the Americans will bring to Sochi, this will be no cake walk.

What Canada has that fuels my confidence however, is depth. With that said, here is the roster that wold be headed to Sochi, Russia in 2014 to compete for the gold medal if I were in charge of Team Canada.

Goaltending

Carey Price– Corey Crawford– Cam Ward

Price may not have backstopped his way into the “elite goaltender” category yet, but his outstanding play on a team that’s been less than mediocre for the majority of his career makes you wonder what he’s capable of on a star studded roster.

Ward has also done well on a basement team, and in 2006 he proved he can go all the way when his Conn Smyth winning performance lead his Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship.

Crawford is less experienced than Price and Ward and already has shown his ability to win by backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup.

Defense

Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook

Shea Weber – P.K. Subban

Drew Doughty – Kris Letang

Alex Pietrangelo

Keith and Seabrook have two Stanley Cups together and an Olympic gold medal so they’re an ideal pairing. The absence of a player like Chris Pronger will definately be felt. Doughty and Weber can both play physical. Subban will chip in as well. With players like Letang, Keith, Subban and Doughty patrolling the blue line, it’s hard to imagine any other team coming close to providing as much scoring from the point as Canada will.

Forwards

Rick Nash- Sidney Crosby- Patrice Bergeron

Claude Giroux- Steven Stamkos- Martin St. Louis

John Tavares- Jonathan Toews- Patrick Sharp

Mike Richards- Ryan Getzlaf- Corey Perry

Jordan Eberle

Having Crosby, the world’s best player, on your roster is not a bad way to start. These lines would provide each trio with elite snipers who can put the puck in the net at any given moment. Bergeron and Toews are two of the best two way players in the game. Mike Richards plays a hard nosed style that will make the line of him sniper/pest Corey Perry and big bodied Getzlaf tough to play against.

No other country can match the depth Canada has in every position. The goaltending, while young, is stacked with three net minders who play focused hockey and have come up big in their careers for either their country or their NHL club.

Canada’s back end will be mostly made up up of offensive minded rearguards but the amount of talented two way forwards will make up for their lack of shut down defensemen.

Up front is any and every opposing goalitender’s nightmare. Having to face a team that will have multiple scoring threats on the ice shift after shift.

Canada has something to prove at Sochi. This country is proud to be heralded as the best in the world at hockey. That reputation is not something we take lightly and not something these players want to risk by coming home with anything other than gold.

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Sochi-Canada

When I was asked by Montreal Hockey Talk to choose which country I thought would bring home the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympics, Canada jumped to mind without hesitation.

While I am Canadian, this is in no way a prediction based solely on where my heart lies. The reason why Canada is known for hockey, and why not winning gold in any tournament we play in is unacceptable is simply because it is in our blood.

Hockey is Canadian culture. It’s no surprise that our country boasts the most talent when it comes to the game we hold so dear. That is not meant to disrespect any other country. This gold medal is in no way a guarantee. With the skill of Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin to name a few in Russia, the men between the pipes for Finland in Tuuka Rask, Pekka Rinne and Niklas Backstrom and the NHL stacked team the Americans will bring to Sochi, this will be no cake walk.

What Canada has that fuels my confidence however, is depth. With that said, here is the roster that wold be headed to Sochi, Russia in 2014 to compete for the gold medal if I were in charge of Team Canada.

Goaltending

Carey Price– Corey Crawford– Cam Ward

Price may not have backstopped his way into the “elite goaltender” category yet, but his outstanding play on a team that’s been less than mediocre for the majority of his career makes you wonder what he’s capable of on a star studded roster.

Ward has also done well on a basement team, and in 2006 he proved he can go all the way when his Conn Smyth winning performance lead his Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship.

Crawford is less experienced than Price and Ward and already has shown his ability to win by backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup.

Defense

Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook

Shea Weber – P.K. Subban

Drew Doughty – Kris Letang

Alex Pietrangelo

Keith and Seabrook have two Stanley Cups together and an Olympic gold medal so they’re an ideal pairing. The absence of a player like Chris Pronger will definately be felt. Doughty and Weber can both play physical. Subban will chip in as well. With players like Letang, Keith, Subban and Doughty patrolling the blue line, it’s hard to imagine any other team coming close to providing as much scoring from the point as Canada will.

Forwards

Rick Nash- Sidney Crosby- Patrice Bergeron

Claude Giroux- Steven Stamkos- Martin St. Louis

John Tavares- Jonathan Toews- Patrick Sharp

Mike Richards- Ryan Getzlaf- Corey Perry

Jordan Eberle

Having Crosby, the world’s best player, on your roster is not a bad way to start. These lines would provide each trio with elite snipers who can put the puck in the net at any given moment. Bergeron and Toews are two of the best two way players in the game. Mike Richards plays a hard nosed style that will make the line of him sniper/pest Corey Perry and big bodied Getzlaf tough to play against.

No other country can match the depth Canada has in every position. The goaltending, while young, is stacked with three net minders who play focused hockey and have come up big in their careers for either their country or their NHL club.

Canada’s back end will be mostly made up up of offensive minded rearguards but the amount of talented two way forwards will make up for their lack of shut down defensemen.

Up front is any and every opposing goalitender’s nightmare. Having to face a team that will have multiple scoring threats on the ice shift after shift.

Canada has something to prove at Sochi. This country is proud to be heralded as the best in the world at hockey. That reputation is not something we take lightly and not something these players want to risk by coming home with anything other than gold.

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