[7:38 PM] Canucks @ Canadiens

Who will WIN this matchup?

Vancouver Canucks (4-4-1)

@ Montreal Canadiens (8-0-1)


Starting Goalies:

Ryan Miller (VAN): Confirmed

Carey Price (MON): Confirmed


Current odds:

Vancouver Canucks: (+200)

Montreal Canadiens: (-240)


Offense has been a major hindrance for the Canucks, who won their first four contests prior to the five-game skid and have been limited to two goals or fewer on seven occasions. Vancouver had been shut out in back-to-back games before ending the drought in Saturday’s 5-2 home loss to the Washington Capitals.

Montreal, meanwhile, has ripped off seven wins in a row to nearly match last season’s record-breaking start, when it won its first nine games. Since falling in a shootout at Ottawa 4-3 for their only loss, the Canadiens have permitted a total of nine goals during their white-hot streak.

Vancouver attempted to bolster its offense with the signing of free agent Loui Eriksson, who scored 30 goals and had 63 points with the Boston Bruins last season. The Canucks have yet to reap any dividends from the six-year, $36 million investment in Eriksson, who has four assists in nine games.

Montreal made a bold move with the blockbuster trade of All-Star defensemen, sending P.K. Subban to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber. The Canadiens certainly have no complaints about the deal — Weber leads the team in scoring with 10 points and was named the NHL’s Second Star for October. Weber’s point total leads all NHL defensemen and he also topped the NHL with three game-winning goals in the opening month while registering a plus-12.

Canucks G Ryan Miller has lost three straight starts, but he is 11-7-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average at Montreal.

StreakSmarts Pick: Montreal Canadiens

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick