Rangers to test road success in playoffs

  • Rangers to test road success in playoffs

Rangers to test road success in playoffs

A lot simply did not go right for the Montreal Canadiens on the night. Didn't really think at the time that it was going to be the difference.

On the ice, Max Pacioretty was injured during practice yesterday, but coach Claude Julien said he is "optimistic" the captain will be fine to suit up. It is simply impossible to see how the Canadiens will win a series with Galchenyuk on the fourth line...

This match-up won't be easy and the Rangers will need to bring their A-game, but NY has some secret weapons that can give them the edge in the match-up.

I don't see any game in this series surpassing three goals total between the two teams, and I think we will see an fantastic defensive battle in Game 2.

For the second time in three years, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers will square off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

That would normally spell certain doom for most teams in the National Hockey League, but you can't write off the Rangers no matter how much time they spend defending. "Once the playoffs start, it's been proven in the past that an eighth seed can win".

Now the Rangers get to do it all over again, Friday night, Game Two, at the Bell Centre. We expect their power play to work more efficiently, which should hold off a more-improved Canadiens game. NY has a good roster which lets the team adjust lines on a nightly basis for in-game needs. It's unlikely that all eight first round series' will be over in four or five games, which means the teams that finish first get some time off.

The teams last met in the playoffs in the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, best remembered for when Rangers forward Chris Kreider slid into Montreal goalie Carey Price and knocked him out for the series.

"My game hasn't changed", Kreider said. "We feel we've been playing that way for a while now and I'm sure they feel the same". "That's where I'm going to score goals". Rick Nash, who frequently played on the Rangers' second line, led the team with a 5-on-5 expected goals for per 60 of 2.82.

Also, defenseman Michal Rozsival underwent surgery to fix facial fractures after a one-punch knockdown by Anaheim's Nick Ritchie last week. "It's great to see him get rewarded there". His road to appearing in 572 combined regular season and playoff games (and counting) has been paved through a sheer desire to exceed expectations. He had his career lowest.910% save percentage and 2.74 goals against average. But instead of playing to their strengths, the very strengths that allowed them to accumulate 103 points this season, the Rangers chose to play down to the Canadiens.

"They're a great team".

But neither could the Canadiens, who had some clean chances but were up against a NY defense that did a good job of limiting rebounds.

Lundqvist was impressive for the Rangers, coming through with a shutout after a relatively mediocre regular season. The Canadiens thrived on third-period rallies this season, but had only six shots on goal Wednesday night. He has oftenreplaced more skilled forwards because coach Alain Vigneault favors his compete level and physical play. The Canadiens scratched C Torrey Mitchell, C/W Brian Flynn, RW Michael McCarron and D Brandon Davidson, while D Alexei Emelin remained sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Rearguards Shea Weber and Jordie Benn have both returned from late-season injuries.