All Habs Weekly Forecast gives a first look of the week ahead for your Montreal Canadiens. Staff writer Ty Prater maps out the schedule, provides a statistical comparison of each matchup, identifies players to watch, as well as strengths and weaknesses of each team and provides links to our game reports for the season series. Bookmark this page and use it as your guide for each game in the Canadiens schedule this week. The Weekly Forecast combined with our popular Game Day feature provides you with the best information available as you prepare for puck drop.

by Tyler Prater, Staff Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

(Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL, QC. — This week the Canadiens head West to play Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary on the road, and finish the week at home against Winnipeg. Last week the Habs went 3-0 to remain undefeated so far this season, as Carey Price had his second shutout of the season last Tuesday against St. Louis.

Calendar: October 26 – November 1
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Montreal Canadiens
  • The Habs (9-0-0) are coming off a 5-3 win against Toronto last Saturday and start their week Tuesday in Vancouver. Montreal is first in the Atlantic Division and first in the league with 18 points. They are 9-0-0 in their last 10 games played.
Players to Watch
  • Max Pacioretty – Pacioretty has had three goals and two assists in his last three games, and a total of 11 points so far this season (4th). The captain has also tallied 36 shots (2nd).
  • Brendan Gallagher – Gallagher has six points in his last four games for a total of this season, as well as three power-play goals (3rd).
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Canadiens are taking more shots this year, averaging 32.6 shots a game, as opposed to last season’s average of 28.5. This has also helped increase their offensive numbers with an average of 3.89 goals per game (2nd).
  • Montreal is struggling to win faceoffs with a win percentage of 49.3 per cent (19th).

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Tuesday

Vancouver Canucks
  • The Canucks (3-2-3) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against Detroit last Saturday and start their week Tuesday against Montreal. Vancouver is fourth in the Pacific Division and 18th in the league with nine points. They are 3-2-3 in their last ten games.
Players to Watch
  • Brandon Sutter. Sutter has two goals and two assists in his last four games for a total of six points this season. Sutter and Alexandre Burrows co-lead the Canucks with six points.
  • Brandon Prust. Prust has three assists this season and it’s his first game facing the Habs since being traded for Zack Kassian.
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Canucks have been great in the faceoff circle, winning 54.9 per cent of the time (1st), giving them great offensive chances.
  • Vancouver’s power-play is struggling at 14.8 per cent (22nd) so far this season.
Matchup
Tuesday October 27 | Vancouver, BC.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of October 25, 2015) CANUCKS
18 (1st) Points 9 (18th)
5-0-0 (away) Home/Away Record 0-2-3 (home)
3.89 (2nd) Goals per game 2.38 (19th)
1.33 (1st) Goals Against per game 2.13 (24th)
32.6 (5th) Shots per game 31.3 (9th)
31.7 (21st) Shots Against per game 28.9 (12th)
22.9% (8th) Power-play 14.8% (22nd)
90.9% (2nd) Penalty-kill 87.0% (8th)

Season Series

  • November 16, 2015 | MTL VAN |
  • October 27, 2015 | MTL  VAN |

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Thursday

Edmonton Oilers
  • The Oilers (3-6-0) are coming off a 3-2 loss against Los Angeles last Sunday and start their week Tuesday against Minnesota before playing Montreal Thursday. Edmonton is fifth in the Pacific Division and 23rd in the league with six points. They are 3-6-0 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Connor McDavid. The first overall pick of the 2015 draft has been off to a strong start of his rookie season with eight points in his last five games. He has five goals on 17 shots for a shooting percentage of 29.4.
  • Nail Yakupov. After peaking the interest of the Habs in the offseason but sticking with the Oilers, Yakupov has seven points in his last five games and is second on the team with eight points this season.
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Oilers have had a slow start to the season and are struggling in most of the statistical categories, but they have three young forwards that have created a lot of offence in their first nine games in Connor McDavid (nine points), Nail Yakupov (eight points), and Taylor Hall (six points). Hall also leads the league with 39 shots so far this season.
  • While Edmonton has their strong offensive power, they still struggle to get good scoring chances, averaging only 26.7 shots per game while allowing 31.7 shots against.
Matchup
Thursday October 29 |  Edmonton, AB.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of October 25, 2015) OILERS
18 (1st) Points 6 (23rd)
5-0-0 (away) Home/Away Record 1-3-0 (home)
3.89 (2nd) Goals per game 2.33 (20th)
1.33 (1st) Goals Against per game 3.00 (23rd)
32.6 (5th) Shots per game 26.7 (26th)
31.7 (21st) Shots Against per game 31.7 (22nd)
22.9% (8th) Power-play 19.4% (13th)
90.9% (2nd) Penalty-kill 83.9% (13th)

Season Series

  • February 6, 2016 | MTL  EDM |
  • October 29, 2015 | MTL  EDM  |

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Friday

Calgary Flames
  • The Flames (2-6-0) are coming off a 4-1 loss against the New York Rangers last Sunday and start their week Monday against the New York Islanders before playing Montreal Friday. Calgary is sixth in the Pacific Division and 25th in the league with four points. They are 2-6-0 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau has five points in his last three games for a total of ten points so far this season.
  • Jiri Hudler. Hudler has three points in his last two games and seven points this season.
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • Calgary is struggling offensively through the start of the season, but their penalty kill has been strong at 80.0 per cent.
  • The Flames’ offence has been pretty quiet so far, averaging 26.5 shots per game and allowing 30.6 shots against. So far this season they have 16 goals and have allowed 31 goals against.
Matchup
Friday October 30 |  Calgary, AB.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of October 25, 2015) FLAMES
18 (1st) Points 4 (25th)
5-0-0 (away) Home/Away Record 1-4-0 (home)
3.89 (2nd) Goals per game 2.00 (26th)
1.33 (1st) Goals Against per game 3.88 (28th)
32.6 (5th) Shots per game 26.5 (27th)
31.7 (21st) Shots Against per game 30.6 (14th)
22.9% (8th) Power-play 14.3% (23rd)
90.9% (2nd) Penalty-kill 80.0% (17th)

Season Series

  • March 20, 2015 | MTL  CGY |
  • October 30, 2015 | MTL  CGY |

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Sunday

Winnipeg Jets
  • The Jets (5-2-1) are coming off a 5-4 win against Minnesota last Sunday and start their week Tuesday against Los Angeles before playing Montreal Sunday. Winnipeg is third in the Central Division and tenth in the league with 11 points. They are 5-2-1 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Blake Wheeler. Wheeler has seven points in his last five games and 11 points this season (4th). He also has one shorthanded goal so far this season (1st).
  • Drew Stafford. Stafford has four goals in his last three games and five goals this season (8th).
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Jets have a strong offence, averaging 3.50 goals per game (4th), and a power play at 24.0 per cent (5th).
  • Winnipeg struggles to win faceoffs with a win percentage of just 46.4 per cent (29th).
Matchup
Sunday November 1 |  Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of October 25, 2015) JETS
18 (1st) Points 11 (10th)
5-0-0 (away) Home/Away Record 3-1-0 (away)
3.89 (2nd) Goals per game 3.50 (4th)
1.33 (1st) Goals Against per game 2.63 (18th)
32.6 (5th) Shots per game 30.4 (14th)
31.7 (21st) Shots Against per game 32.4 (27th)
22.9% (8th) Power-play 24.0% (5th)
90.9% (2nd) Penalty-kill 84.4% (12th)

Season Series

  • March 5, 2015 | MTL  WPG|
  • November 1, 2015 | MTL  WPG |

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