Here's five things to watch out for in the Saint John Sea Dogs' first round series against the Rimouski Oceanic, which begins on Friday night at Harbour Station.
1. Will the Oceanic win a game?
This is a wild stat from TVA Sports' Mikael Lalancette:
While the Oceanic are heavy underdogs, it doesn't feel as lopsided as some of the first round series during Saint John's glory days felt.Est-ce que l'Océanic pourra gagner un match contre les Sea Dogs? La dernière équipe classée en séries a une fiche de 0-32 depuis 2008 #LHJMQ— Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancetteTVA) March 21, 2017
2. Welcome back
There will be some familiar faces in the lineup of both teams. The Oceanic's roster former Sea Dogs forward Nico Blachman and defenceman Vincent Martineau - although Martineau has not played with the team since January.
The Sea Dogs feature former Oceanic captain Simon Bourque. The Montreal Canadiens prospect spent his entire QMJHL career in Rimouski before being dealt to Saint John during the holiday trading period.