New York Rangers (45-31-6) at Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +104 / New York Rangers -115 --- Over/Under: 5
The New York Rangers will have a chance to close out the series against the Montreal Canadiens in game five of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Rangers took a 3-1 series lead after defeating the Canadiens in overtime on Sunday night. With the 3-2 win, the Rangers improve to 9-0 in the playoffs when scoring three or more goals. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the goaltending of Herik Lundqvist, who has allowed two or less goals in 10 of his last 12 starts. The Rangers offense has picked up in a big way, as Martin St. Louis has three goals and three assists in his last five games, while Ryan McDonagh has two goals and five assists in this series. The Rangers now go back on the road, a place where they are 31-17-1-1 this season.
The Canadiens have lost all five playoff games this season when they’ve been held to two or less goals. Montreal will need that offense if they hope to avoid elimination, as Dustin Tokarski is no Carey Price, allowing three goals in two of his three starts in this series. However, the young goalie is doing a decent job given the circumstances. Offensively, P.K. Subban scored his first goal and had his first point of the series in the game four loss. Lars Eller also hasn’t done anything since game one. The Montreal Canadiens are 27-15-4-2 on their home ice.
The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Finals games and 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rangers are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Montreal, while the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
I've been on the Rangers this whole series and that's not going to change. Not only are the Rangers a better road team than at home, but Montreal can't put together enough offense to hang with a red hot NY club.