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California love

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – The Habs won’t be basking in the California sun during their road trip to the Schwarzenegger State this week; instead, they’re looking to feast on some Sharks and Ducks while plotting to usurp the Kings.

Historically, as professed by Tupac, the west coast has been the best coast for the bleu-blanc-rouge, who own a 60-33-17 lifetime record in the Golden State, including a 13-5-6 road record against the now-defunct California Golden Seals. The Seals were part of the league’s expansion from six teams to 12 in 1967-68, sticking around the NHL until 1976. But it’s another California expansion team born at the same time that’s had a little more staying power than its Oakland-based counterparts.
The Los Angeles Kings came onto the scene in 1967. In 66 games in the City of Angels against the Habs, the Kings have racked up a 19-38-9 record, with the Canadiens winning each of their previous three games at the Staples Center.
The Governator’s other two home teams haven’t had quite as much experience facing off against the NHL’s oldest franchise, given the Sharks and Ducks weren’t born until the early ‘90s. 
While the Sharks haven’t been stellar while playing the Habs at the Bell Centre, owning a 7-13-4 record in la Belle Province, the friendly waters of the Shark Tank – the HP Pavilion – have been much kinder to the boys in turquoise, who own a 5-4-2 record at home against the Canadiens.
The Habs have only faced the Ducks in Anaheim nine times throughout history, with the home team winning five of those outings. The Habs will be looking to even the score on Sunday night in the O.C.
After disposing the Bruins with a decisive 4-1 win to kick off the current road trip, Jacques Martin’s crew is hoping to bid Hasta la vista, baby to the west coast with three wins neatly stowed in their carry-on luggage.

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