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Kings to visit for home opener

The Canadiens renew hostilities at the Bell Centre on October 11 against Los Angeles

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Los Angeles Kings will be coming to town on October 11 for the Canadiens' 2018-19 home opener.

It's been 25 years since the Habs defeated the Kings to win the franchise's 24th Stanley Cup. The Canadiens will be able to ring in the occasion in style on October 11, when Los Angeles makes the trek to Montreal for the Habs' home opening festivities.

The meeting will mark just the third time Montreal will face Los Angeles in their home opener since the Kings joined the NHL in 1967. The Habs won both previous contests - in 1969 and 1971 - outscoring their Southern California rivals 14-1 in those tilts.

Lifetime, the Habs own a 50-11-11 record against the Kings in 72 games.

There is currently only one former Canadien on the Kings' roster - goaltender Peter Budaj.

The game will be the club's 109th home opener in team history, with the Canadiens holding a 60-31-15-2 record in those games. 

The Canadiens unveiled the team's preseason schedule on Monday afternoon and the full 2018-19 regular season calendar will be announced on Thursday evening.

Special pre-game ceremonies for the home opener on October 11 will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre, with puck drop slated for 7:30 p.m.

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