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Habs make their World Series picks

Montreal players rooting for Cubs to end drought

by Joanie Godin @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

Maybe it's the blue-blanc-rouge connection that's got so many Habs cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

More than a couple of Canadiens will be tuned in to Game 1 of the World Series between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians beginning on Tuesday.

Even though the sting of seeing "his" Blue Jays eliminated has not yet healed, Brendan Gallagher will be following the series closely.

"I'll be cheering for the Cubs… and against the Indians," cracked Gallagher. "They're two exciting teams to watch, and both have a lot of depth. When one takes the lead, they shut the door and let their relievers do the rest."

The pick is a no-brainer for Andrew Shaw, having spent several years of his NHL career in Chicago.

"I went to a dozen Cubs games and met a couple of their players while I was in Chicago. I got to experience their playoff run last year, and they're hungry for a championship. They're a young, exciting team," added the former Blackhawks winger, who hopes to see another trophy return to his former city.

The Cubs, you may recall, have not won the World Series since 1908. That's part of the reason Nathan Beaulieu finds himself pulling for Chicago this October.

"It would be nice to see the Cubs win, just because they've been waiting so long," mentioned the Strathroy, ON native, who is otherwise a Blue Jays fan.

Speaking of Jays fans, without a horse left in the race, Shea Weber isn't necessarily rooting for one team or the other; he just wants to see good baseball.

"I hope it will be a long series, so that I have a couple more games to watch," underlined Weber, who unlike Gallagher, has already turned the page on Toronto's loss. "The Cubs had a good season, but the Indians did, too. Even with all their injuries, they've made it this far."

Jeff Petry, who throughout the playoffs had been pulling for whoever was facing the Jays, is free to pick a favorite now that Toronto has been eliminated.

"I was cheering for the Indians, just to bother Gally, but now I want to see the Cubs win," shared Petry, whose father Dan won the World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984.

With the Cubs such heavy favorites in the Habs dressing room -- Gallagher and Shaw have even predicted the series to be over in six -- are the Canadiens on to something? We'll find out starting Tuesday night…

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