The Montreal Canadiens got their first victory of the Eastern Conference finals and they hope to even the series tonight, Sunday May 25th, when they visit the New York Rangers for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. After losing the first two tests of this best-of-seven series on home ice, the Habs rebounded with Thursday’s 3-2 overtime victory in New York City to cut the series deficit to 2-1. But tonight, sportsbooks have the home ice Rangers as -170 moneyline favorites over the Canadiens (+160) with the total listed at 5 goals. Depending on the outcome, the next meeting will either offer a chance for New York to clinch a berth in the Cup Finals or give the Habs an opportunity to take the series lead. Take a look at the Habs vs Rangers preview and be sure to check out the full list of NHL Playoff Odds.
The Canadiens (9-5, 5-2 V) Alex Galchenyuk supplied the overtime winner just 72 seconds into the extra session, capping a fierce battle that eventually led to two players being suspended by the league. Andrei Markov also scored for Montreal.
Henrik Lundqvist turned away 21 shots, but he was outdueled by Canadiens netminder Dustin Tokarski. Making just his second playoff start in place of the injured Carey Price, Tokarski shined in Game 3 as he stopped 35 shots to get his first postseason win. He has stopped 62-of-67 shots in his two career postseason starts.
Two New York assistant coaches showed up to watch Montreal practise. The intrusion seemed squarely aimed at getting under Montreal’s skin. As the players stretched, head coach Therrien moved down the rink and had words with Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson. Observers said the exchange was somewhat prickly.
The Rangers (10-7, 4-4 H) Carl Hagelin joined Chris Kreider as the goal-scorers. New York has killed off all 22 short-handed situations over the last eight contests, marking its longest stretch since a 10-game run in 1940.
Derick Brassard declared himself ready to return after suffering an upper-body injury following a check from Weaver during the first period of the series opener. “I was told he cleared himself,” coach Alain Vigneault said with a chuckle. “That’s good to know. He didn’t tell me.” Vigneault confirmed that Stepan is “unlikely” to play on Sunday, meaning either J.T. Miller or Jesper Fast could be in line for their first action since Game 3 of the second-round series versus Pittsburgh.
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Under is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings in New York.
Under is 8-1-3 in the last 12 meetings.
Canadiens are 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
Road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Montreal at NY Rangers
When: Sunday May 25@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Rangers -170
The Bottom Line: All signs point to a Rangers win. The Rangers have suffered back to back home losses once in these playoffs. Plus we know Lunqvist is solid in net and Tokarski only has two games under his belt, another win for him might be too far to reach. We recommend you sign up with Carbonsports to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the Montreal vs NY Rangers matchup.