The Montreal Canadiens will try to stave off elimination tonight, Tuesday May 27th, when they host the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, at the Bell Centre. The Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead after Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory against the visiting Habs. NY has won five straight on the road included two blowout wins in Montreal. But tonight, sportsbook Carbonsports have the home ice Canadiens as -110 moneyline favorites over the Rangers (+100) with the total listed at 5 goals. If the Canadiens can stave off elimination Tuesday the clubs will reconvene Thursday in New York City for Game 6. Take a look at the Rangers vs Habs preview and be sure to check out the full list of NHL Playoff Odds.
The Rangers (11-7, 6-3 V) Martin St. Louis scored at 6:02 of the extra session to help New York take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven set and the Blueshirts hope to close out the series with another win in Montreal. Carl Hagelin posted a goal and an assist, while Derick Brassard returned from injury and added a goal for the Rangers, who saw goalie Henrik Lundqvist make 27 saves in the win.
The Rangers, and St. Louis in particular, were having a frustrating time trying to get the puck past Tokarski, who has been spectacular, while starting Games 2, 3 and 4 in place of injured No. 1 Carey Price. St. Louis had five shots on the young netminder without a goal in Game 3 and he scored the winning goal Sunday on his fifth shot of the night.
Although the end result was positive, New York put itself behind the 8-ball as it yielded as many power-play opportunities to Montreal in Game 4. “We have got to play smarter,” said Carl Hagelin.
The Rangers hope to have Derek Stepan back in the lineup Tuesday after he sat out Game 4 with a broken jaw suffered on a hit from Montreal’s Brandon Prust in Game 3.
The Canadiens (9-6, 4-3 H) Francis Bouillon and P.K. Subban scored, while Dustin Tokarski stopped 26 shots in the loss. The Habs have rallied from 3-1 deficits twice over the last decade, in 2004 against the Boston Bruins and against Washington in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs.
“I’ve been down 3-1 in a series before, and the tide can turn really quick – so we’re prepared to go home and play a good game,” he said. Montreal has rallied from a pair of such deficits.
Montreal hopes to help out its goalie by being more opportunistic on offence. The Canadiens scored on just one of eight power-play opportunities in Game 4 and are just 1-for-17 with the man advantage in this series.
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Under is 8-1-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Under is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal.
Road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Rangers are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Montreal.
Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Finals games.
NY Rangers at Montreal
When: Tuesday May 27@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Ranger +100
The Bottom Line: The Rangers won twice in Montreal, big time, and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again. We recommend you sign up with Carbonsports to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the NY vs Montreal matchup.