Series (Game 1 of 1)

Edmonton leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, December 15th

Canadiens 3

(16-9-5, 37 pts)

Oilers 5

(17-11-4, 38 pts)

9:00 PM ET, December 15, 2005

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
MTL 2 1 03
EDM 1 1 35

E. Moreau (Oilers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Higgins (Canadiens - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

F. Pisani (Oilers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Montreal (16-8-5) at Edmonton (16-11-4) 9:00 pm EST

Montreal (16-8-5) at Edmonton (16-11-4) 9:00 pm EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens hope to maintain their current surge when they visit the slumping the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

The Canadiens have won two of their last three games heading into the meeting against the Oilers, who have lost three of their last four games.

Montreal is coming off of a 5-2 home triumph over Phoenix. Leading-scorer Michael Ryder netted his third goal in four games and 13th goal of the season for the Canadiens.

Jose Theodore made 27 save to notch his 13th win of the season.

Edmonton returns home after back-to-back shootout losses at the New York Islanders on Sunday and a 2-1 loss at New Jersey on Tuesday.

The Oilers did receive some good news when Radek Dvorak was activated from injured reserve prior to the game after the right wing missed a pair of games because of a strained groin.

Montreal and Edmonton split their two meetings in 2003-04 with each team winning on the other's ice. Thursday's matchup will be the only meeting between the Canadian clubs this season.