Montreal Canadiens (49-27-9) at New York Rangers (49-29-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 18, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -115 / Montreal Canadiens -105 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Rangers look to even the series before heading back to Montreal as the two sides meet up at MSG on Tuesday night.
The Canadiens head into Tuesday night’s game four encounter coming off a huge victory to take the series lead in game three and have a great shot here at putting themselves in the driver’s seat heading back home with a chance to clinch the series. Montreal looked awful in game one but they have rebounded with back to back victories and have shut down the Rangers offense since that time and while they haven’t been lighting the lamp at a head turning pace they are doing enough to give Carey Price some breathing room and that is dangerous territory for the Rangers. Montreal will stick with Price here as he will go up against Henrik Lundqvist who has been brilliant at times in this series and there shouldn’t be any speculation of his removal in favour of Antii Raanta.
The Rangers have their backs against the wall heading into this one as they know they are in deep trouble if they can’t get a victory here and would have to win three in a row including two in Montreal. The Rangers came into the playoffs with just two fewer points than the Canadiens who were the Atlantic division champions so there was a ton of hope for them to pull off a modest first round upset and play their way into the Atlantic division bracket but they are going to have to come out with one of their best games of the season in this one or they could fall victim to another early playoff exit. These teams have played to the under in both games so far and this one figures to be another tight, low scoring affair as the goalies have put on a clinic thus far.
The Canadiens are 10-3 in their last 13 conference quarterfinal games and 6-1 in their last seven road games while the Rangers are 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last six against the Atlantic. This game will be featured in my top plays in the Sports Chat Experts section but for my free play I think this one stays tight to the vest again in a low scoring affair.