New York Rangers (50-29-7) at Montreal Canadiens (49-28-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -145 / New York Rangers +131 --- Over/Under: 4.5
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The Montreal Canadiens look to retake the series lead as they host the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
The Rangers scored a huge victory at home in game four and avoided falling into an unenviable 3-1 series hole heading back to Montreal and aside from evening things up at two games apiece they have retaken some momentum and will look to use their impressive road play this season to their advantage in game four. New York has been at their best when they can keep the already anemic Montreal offense in check as evidenced by their 2-0 victory in game four and while they know it is going to be a tough out to get a win on the road in such a pivotal game they have come up with some big time efforts away from home and this one certainly fits the bill as well. Henrik Lundqvist will get the start once again as he will face off against Carey Price in a show down of two goaltenders who have really elevated their game in the postseason thus far.
The Canadiens meanwhile look to find their offensive groove and find a way to solve Lundqvist as they head back to the Bell Centre in a game five show down that usually has huge impacts in the direction the series takes. Montreal has struggled in the offensive zone all season long and while they have had some key contributions through the first four games they are going to have to be better in the final third the rest of the way as they have some tough team to focus on if they can get through the Rangers in this series. However, they have to focus on the task at hand to start and that is no easy feat as the Rangers are coming off a big win and have had a great record on the road this season and this spot should be no different.
The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 Thursday games and 1-5 in their last six road games while the Habs are 12-3 in their last 15 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game and 17-8 in their last 25 overall. New York has been excellent on the road this season and I think that continues here as they seem to have a way with the Canadiens and at this price they are worth a shot.