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The Landlubber’s Guide to the Montréal Canadiens

Need to know info about tonight’s Kraken opponent

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Hey you. You’re swept up in all this Seattle Kraken hype. You want to know more about hockey but don’t know where to start. Well, we want to help make these games easy and fun for you to watch.

Throughout the season, we’ll release Landlubber’s Guides designed with the new fan in mind. This includes basic need-to-know info for you to absorb before you watch Kraken games and highlights.

Let’s dive in to the Montréal Canadiens.

Are they any good?

Hard to say. The Canadiens had a surprisingly good postseason performance last year. They went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals!

But the Habs (as the team is also called) have had a slow start this year. They lost 4 of their 10 biggest point contributors in the offseason along with their veteran captain defender Shea Weber. They’ve only won a single game coming into Tuesday night. Starting out the season with five losses in a row is rough.

Who should I look out for?

  • Mathieu Perrault (Center, #85) - A recent addition the Canadiens’ roster, Perrault scored a hat trick (three goals in one game) to help the team earn their first win of the season.

Any Seattle ties?

  • Carey Price (Goaltender, #31) - Legendary goaltender Carey Price played for the WHL’s Tri-City Americans from 2002-2005. You won’t see Price on the ice for this game though. He’s taking time away from the team to get help from the NHL’s player’s assistance program.

Odds and Ends

  • The last time Seattle played meaningful hockey against the Montréal Canadiens was in 1917!
  • Seattle took Cale Fleury (Defender, #8) from Montréal in the expansion draft. He’s currently playing for the Charlotte Checkers, the Kraken’s AHL affiliate, where he’s serving as a rotating alternate captain.

The puck drops between these two teams tonight in Seattle at 7pm PST on ROOT Sports NW for regional viewers and ESPN+ for out-of-market fans.