Are you rooting for "Canada's team" against the Lightning?
When Game 5 of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series kicks off tonight, not all of Canada will be cheering for the Habs.
In fact, according to a poll by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and Leger, multiple provinces have large contingents of people who would much rather that the Lightning beat Montreal.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan have the biggest number of Lightning fans, with 24% of respondents from both provinces rooting for the U.S. team. Right behind them is Alberta, with 20% of respondents preferring to cheer for Tampa Bay.
In most provinces, the majority of hockey fans are hoping that the Canadiens become the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since the Habs won it in 1993. But the team has a tough road ahead of it, down 3-1 in the series as of Wednesday night.
Unsurprisingly, 71% of Quebec respondents are rooting for the Canadiens, as are 53% of Ontarians and 58% of Atlantic Canadians. According to the ACS, Liberal Party and Bloc Québécois supporters are more likely to support the Habs than Conservative or Green Party supporters.