Canadiens vs Rangers
Canadiens vs Rangers Live/ Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers/ Rangers vs Canadiens/ The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017 will collide in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. Game One will be on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
With a slew of wins down the stretch, including three victories over the second-place Ottawa Senators, the Canadiens comfortably slotted in as the top seed in the Atlantic Division. After missing the postseason last year, largely due to Carey Price’s absence for the majority of the season, they will be hungry to make a run with a very beatable Atlantic Bracket field in their way.
The last time the Montreal Canadiens were in the postseason was in 2014-2015. After besting the Senators in six games in round one, their defense was undressed by the young, exciting and potent Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts won in six games, and went on to make the Stanley Cup Final.
In 2013-2014, the Habs made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final against none other than the New York Rangers. After a collision in the opening game in which Chris Kreider lost his footing following through on a breakaway chance, Carey Price injured his knee and was lost for the remainder of the series. Despite a tremendous effort from Dustin Tokarski (remember him?), the Canadiens were dispatched in six games, wondering what might have been had their all-world goaltender been healthy.
Since that playoff matchup, the Canadiens have beaten the Rangers in seven of nine regular season games. And Chris Kreider has become a *ahem* “fan favorite” in Montreal.
Tim has covered the hockey landscape and other sports in Canada for more than 25 years for CBC Sports, the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun. He has been to three Winter Olympics, 11 Stanley Cups, a world championship as well as 17 world junior championships, 13 Memorial Cups and 13 University Cups. The native of Waterloo, Ont. always has his eye out for an underdog story
The playoffs start tonight and with that we all have our own predictions. The EOTP team reveals their own thoughts on the Canadiens-Rangers series.
The Rangers either show up and dominate before you know what’s happening, or they’ll get run out of the game without much effort. Montreal holds a major statistical advantage in most metrics, and were much better in their head-to-head series. While the New York Rangers are great on the power play it seems that Montreal’s penalty kill under Julien can match it. Carey Price is better than Henrik Lundqvist, and that is the final trump card. With that you have the makings of a quick series win for the Canadiens. Montreal in five.
Carey Price is feeling it, and he senses this team is playing well enough and is healthy enough to go deep. Lundqvist will steal one in Madison Square Garden, but otherwise their defence isn’t going to be good enough. Galchenyuk scores five, gets permanently assigned to the fourth line because he does so well. At least one goal off of a Lundqvist puck handling misplay. And Tanner Glass will score a shitty, meaningless goal in a loss that will drive Rangers fans nuts because the old-school will use it as a justification for his spot in the lineup. Montreal in five.
With a 6-2 finish over the team’s final eight games, the Montreal Canadiens locked up the top seed in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens will try to start their postseason off on the right foot with a win at home over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Montreal is a -155 betting favorite for Game 1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. New York is going off at +125, and is hoping to continue the trend in which the road team in this series is 4-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread. Montreal Canadiens The Canadiens were one of the best teams in the NHL last season before losing Carey Price to a season-ending injury, causing a collapse that left Montreal out of the postseason completely.
Alex Radulov signed a one-year deal in July after spending the last four seasons in the KHL and the move paid off for GM Marc Bergevin. Radulov showed he was a changed man and scored 18 goals and recorded 54 points. His enthusiasm on the ice endeared him to the Habs faithful. The bigger move was the June acquisition of Shea Weber in exchange for P.K. Subban. Weber had his typical strong offensive year with 17 goals and 42 points, 22 of which came via the power play.
The other big contribution came from an unlikely source. In his second year in Montreal, Paul Byron posted career numbers with 22 goals and 43 points. Not bad for a waiver wire pickup. Meanwhile, a healthy Carey Price meant good things for the Canadiens as he recorded a .935 even strength save percentage and posted three shutouts.
It was a tale of two seasons for the Rangers, who finished 48-28-6 (102 pts.) and in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. After a very strong start, they hit a bump in late February and lost 13 of their final 21 games.