New York Rangers (48-28-6) at Montreal Canadiens (47-26-9)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 12, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Montreal Canadiens -134 / New York Rangers +121 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens meet up at the Bell Centre on the opening night of the NHL playoffs on Wednesday.
The Rangers look to steal home ice advantage right out of the gate as they take on the Montreal Canadiens in game one of their Eastern Conference quarter final series at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night and while they haven’t been playing well of late the Blue Shirts were the league’s top team on the road this season. New York has quietly pieced together another impressive season and while they haven’t had the offensive flare we have seen in year’s past or the goaltending prowess from Henrik Lundqvist but they have been consistent and are a tough matchup in the opening round for a Montreal side that doesn’t have a ton of scoring power and might be in tough here if Carey Price can’t steal his team a few games on the road. Lundqvist is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Price in a goaltending matchup that favours the home side.
The Canadiens meanwhile have really turned things up since the trade deadline and are starting to look more and more like the Cup contender we have grown to see over the years but they have a tough first round matchup here against the first wild card team from New York. The Habs have one of the stingiest blue lines in the NHL and of course have one of the top three goaltenders in the world but the difference in this series is going to be their play in the offensive third as they have struggled to score at times this season and against a very good road team like the Rangers, Montreal knows they need to defend home ice or they could be in trouble if they head to the Big Apple in a series hole.
The Rangers are winless in their last four road games and 2-7 in their last nine against the Eastern Conference while the Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five following a win and 6-2 in their last eight overall. This series has the makings of going the distance and New York is going to have to steal one in Montreal if they’re going to win but I don’t see it happening here as the Bell Centre will be rocking and with nerves playing a factor I think the home team with last change gets the win in the series opener.