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 Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

MONTREAL, QC. — This week the Canadiens play two at home before heading to New York for a home-and-home series against the Islanders. Last week the Habs went 0-1-1 with a shootout loss to Pittsburgh and a loss in regulation to Colorado.

Calendar: November 16 – November 22
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Montreal Canadiens
  • The Habs (13-3-2) are coming off a 6-1 loss against Colorado last Saturday and start their week Monday against Vancouver. Montreal is still in first place in the Atlantic Division and tied for first in the league with Dallas and the Rangers with 28 points. They are 5-3-2 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Tomas Plekanec. Plekanec has five points in his last four games and 17 points so far this season (9th).
  • Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty also has five points in his last four games and 68 shots this season (7th).
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • Despite last Saturday’s 6-1 loss, the Canadiens have a strong defence and, as we already know, great goaltending, averaging just 2.11 goals against per game (2nd).
  • Montreal continues to struggle in the faceoff circle, winning only 50.1 per cent of the time.

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Monday

Vancouver Canucks
  • The Canucks (7-6-5) are coming off a 4-2 loss against Toronto last Saturday and start their week Monday at Montreal. Vancouver is third in the Pacific Division and 16th in the league with 19 points. They are 4-4-2 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Daniel Sedin. Sedin has five points in his last three games and 16 points so far this season.
  • Jannik Hansen. Hansen also has five points in his last three games and 11 points this season.
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Canucks get a lot of scoring chances, averaging 31.3 shots per game (4th).
  • Vancouver’s power play is struggling at 15.8 per cent (23rd).
Matchup
Monday November 16 | Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of November 15, 2015) CANUCKS
28 (3rd) Points 19 (16th)
7-1-1 (home) Home/Away Record 5-3-2 (away)
3.50 (2nd) Goals per game 2.83 (9th)
2.11 (2nd) Goals Against per game 2.56 (14th)
31.6 (3rd) Shots per game 31.3 (4th)
29.2 (14th) Shots Against per game 29.3 (15th)
25.4% (3rd) Power-play 15.8% (23rd)
88.3% (2nd) Penalty-kill 79.2% (20th)

Season Series

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Thursday

Arizona Coyotes
  • The Coyotes (9-7-1) last game was a 5-2 loss against Columbus last Saturday and they start their week Monday against the Islanders. Arizona is second in the Pacific Division and 13th in the league with 19 points. They are 6-4-0 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Martin Hanzal. Hanzal has four points in his last four games and 14 assists this season (4th).
  • Max Domi. Domi has four points in his last four games played and eight goals so far this season (9th).
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Coyotes have a strong offence, averaging 2.82 goals per game. They also do well on faceoffs, winning 52.1 per cent of the time (3rd).
  • Arizona has a weak power play, ranked last in the league at 11.6 per cent.
Matchup
Thursday November 19 | Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of November 15, 2015) COYOTES
28 (3rd) Points 19 (13th)
7-1-1 (home) Home/Away Record 6-3-1 (away)
3.50 (2nd) Goals per game 2.82 (11th)
2.11 (2nd) Goals Against per game 2.88 (22nd)
31.6 (3rd) Shots per game 27.9 (26th)
29.2 (14th) Shots Against per game 30.3 (19th)
25.4% (3rd) Power-play 11.6% (30th)
88.3% (2nd) Penalty-kill 81.3% (12th)

Season Series

  • February 15, 2016 | MTL ARI |
  • November 19, 2015 | MTL  ARI |

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Friday and Sunday

New York Islanders
  • The Islanders (9-6-3) last game was a 4-1 win against Anaheim last Friday and they start their week Monday against Arizona before playing Montreal Friday. New York is fourth in the Metropolitan Division and ninth in the league with 21 points. They are 4-4-2 in their last ten games played.
Players to Watch
  • Kyle Okposo. Okposo has four points in his last five games and scored a goal against Montreal the last time they played against each other on November 5th.
  • Brock Nelson. Nelson has four points in his last three games and ten points this season.
Strengths (+) Weaknesses (-)
  • The Islanders are hard to score on, with an average of just 2.28 goals against per game (5th).
  • New York’s offence struggles to score, averaging 2.72 goals per game (14th).
Matchup
Friday November 20 | Brooklyn, NY.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of November 15, 2015) ISLANDERS
28 (3rd) Points 21 (9th)
6-2-1 (away) Home/Away Record 5-3-2 (home)
3.50 (2nd) Goals per game 2.72 (14th)
2.11 (2nd) Goals Against per game 2.28 (5th)
31.6 (3rd) Shots per game 29.6 (15rd)
29.2 (14th) Shots Against per game 29.1 (13th)
25.4% (3rd) Power-play 18.4% (17th)
88.3% (2nd) Penalty-kill 86.0% (4th)
Matchup
Sunday November 22 | Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS  (statistics as of November 15, 2015) ISLANDERS
28 (3rd) Points 21 (9th)
7-1-1 (home) Home/Away Record 4-3-1 (away)
3.50 (2nd) Goals per game 2.72 (14th)
2.11 (2nd) Goals Against per game 2.28 (5th)
31.6 (3rd) Shots per game 29.6 (15th)
29.2 (14th) Shots Against per game 29.1 (13th)
25.4% (3rd) Power-play 18.4% (17th)
88.3% (2nd) Penalty-kill 86.0% (4th)

Season Series

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