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Sunday Habs Headlines: Despite win, western road trip represents recurring problems for the Canadiens

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the Habs' recurring western troubles, a look back at the "legend" of Dale Weise, and a brave young fan getting to meet the Canadiens.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Habs recent western swing may have ended with a victory, but their struggles were reflective of a recurring problem on that side of the continent. [RDS]
  • Take a look back at Friday's interesting win in Calgary with Eric Engel's five takeaways from the game. [Sportsnet]
  • Dale Weise has been the focus of the Habs since that game, which is no surprise after scoring his first career hat-trick. Stu Cowan recounts the story of "Dutch Gretzky," his big night, and looks back at his arrival in Montreal. [HIO]
  • A young fan from Calgary, named Jack, has been battling leukemia. On Friday Night he had the chance to meet a few of his favourite Habs:
  • Michael McCarron has had a strong start to his pro career, most recently potting the winning goal on Friday to give the St. John's Ice Caps the win over Leigh Valley. [TSN]
  • Bud Holloway has been on the best IceCaps this season.  He's been embracing his new status as a veteran [The Telegram]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Andrew Berkshire takes a look into the unlerlying factors of Sidney Crosby's slow offensive start [Sportsnet]
  • Crosby will have a bit more time to practise his skills as he won't have to do any rink-side interviews for the next few games. [Sportsnet]
  • Jen Neale of Puck Daddy brings us this Q & A with Brenda Andress, Commissioner of the CWHL. [Puck Daddy]
  • Among other things, the Sports Illustrated roundtable examines the best teams who failed to make the post-season last year. [SI]
  • We all got a glimpse into how good Connor McDavid is when he led the Edmonton Oilers' comeback on Thursday night.  He may be even better than he has looked so far. [TSN]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks didn't get off to the start to the season they would've liked, and coach Joel Quenneville has questioned his team allowing some easy goals against. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Detroit Red Wings' prospect Tyler Bertuzzi was ejected from the Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Toronto Marlies after an ugly slewfoot on Leafs' hopeful Kasperi Kapanen. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Yesterday was Halloween! Take a look at the best NHLer costumes of 2015. [Puck Daddy]