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NHL 2014-15 Season: Battle for Canadian bragging rights

10/04/2014 12:03 EDT | Updated 12/04/2014 05:59 EST
There's a single, final National Hockey League pre-season game Sunday (Carolina at Washington) and then after a couple of days to strap on the gear, get the lines set and finalize the rosters, the battle will begin for NHL bragging rights.

In Canada the seven clubs are keen to have better results in the 2014-15 season after the Montreal Canadiens were the only team to reach the post-season and easily took home Canadian bragging rights after the other six teams came up short.

The Habs acquitted themselves well in the playoffs, finally falling to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final in seven intense games after losing starting goaltender Carey Price.

On Wednesday four Canadian teams play on the opening night of the new season. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Canadiens, while the Calgary Flames roll out the welcome mat for the Vancouver Canucks.

The other three Canadian squads have to wait one night longer. On Thursday, October 9, the Ottawa Senators visit Nashville, the Edmonton Oilers have home ice as the Flames come to town and the Winnipeg Jets are in Arizona against the Coyotes.

Our poll question on the final weekend before the regular season begins is: Which Canadian team will have the best record in 2014-15 and thus lay claim to Canadian bragging rights.

Not to get too far ahead with the regular season just about to begin, but here's a look at the last time Canadian teams have won the Stanley Cup (since 1927).

And yes, Vancouver and Winnipeg have had their triumphs as well. They came back in 1915 for the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey League who played a challenge series against the Ottawa Senators and won, as well as the 1902 Winnipeg Victorias of the Manitoba Hockey League who defeated the Ontario Hockey Association's Toronto Wellingtons in two straight in their best-of-three challenge series. 

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