New York Rangers (45-31-6) at Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8)
|Date & Time||Monday May 19, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -126 / New York Rangers +114 --- Over/Under: 5
NBCSN, CBC, RDS
The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will play game two of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.
The Rangers dominated the Canadiens in game one with a 7-2 victory, which was their fourth straight win in the playoffs. The Rangers offense exploded for three goals in the third period and Martin St. Louis scored his fourth goal of the playoffs. Rick Nash also scored his first goal of the playoffs. Mats Zuccarello had three points in the victory, giving him a team-leading 11 through the first three series. Defensively, goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocked 20 of 22 shots and held his opponent to two or less goals in eight of his last nine games. The Rangers are 9-2 in the playoffs when allowing two or less goals. The New York Rangers are also 30-17-1-1 on the road this season.
The Canadiens came out flat in the game one loss, allowing at least two goals in each period. Goalie Casey Price left the game after two periods and there is some concern that he has an injury. Make sure to check on his status before placing a wager. Lars Eller scored his fifth goal in the playoffs and has his sixth assist, as Rene Bourque scored his first goal of the playoffs since game one against the Boston Bruins. P.K. Subban has just one point in his last five games. The Canadiens drop to 3-3 in the playoffs when allowing three or more goals. The Canadiens are also 27-14-4-2 on their home ice this season.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 11-5 in their last 16 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 10-3 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Finals games. The Rangers are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Montreal.
With the way the Rangers have been playing over the last week, you'd be a fool to bet against them. Sure, road teams don't usually win both games in a series, however, the Canadiens showed nothing in game one to make them worthy of being the favorite in this matchup.
I'll ride the hot hand and the plus money.