Barring tremendous runs and a ton of help, the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers are likely to miss out on the playoffs.
The Canadiens could be in for further disappointment given their recent efforts at Rexall Place.
Hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive loss overall in this series, Montreal tries for just its second win in 10 visits to Edmonton as the teams conclude their season series Thursday night.
In the midst of a 1-7-0 slide, the Eastern Conference-worst Canadiens (25-32-10) sit 12 points behind Winnipeg for the eighth and final playoff berth. Gaining ground in the standings could prove difficult against Edmonton (26-34-6).
Montreal has compiled a 1-6-2 record over its last nine road meetings with the Oilers, surrendering a combined 19 goals in losing four in a row. The Canadiens have also dropped three straight overall in the series, most recently falling 3-1 at home Nov. 8.
Montreal kicked off a four-game road swing Tuesday with a 5-4 loss at Calgary. After fallin...