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PREVIEW EASTERN QUARTERFINAL GAME #5 NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 20/2017)

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

.In NHL history teams winning Game Five of a best-of-seven series that were tied 2-2 go on to win the series 78.1% of the time (193-54).

….Over the last twenty years the Canadiens have played in Game Five of a playoff series seventeen times. Their record is 6-11 including losses in five of the last 6. Only twice in the eleven times have the Canadiens recovered from a Game Five loss to win the series.

PREVIEW GAME #4 EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers (April 18/2017)

Apr 18th, 2017 | By

Through the first three games of the series the Canadiens have average 45.7 hits per game; the Rangers 53.3. During the regular season the Canadiens were a 22.7 per game; the Rangers 20.9.

….The Rangers have won nine of the last thirteen playoff games against the Canadiens dating back to Game three of the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

….Against the Rangers Canadiens have killed all ten of the Rangers power plays.

….The Canadiens scored two power play goals in game three and now are at 20 percent for the series.

PREVIEW GAME #3 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers – (April 16/2017)

Apr 16th, 2017 | By

Alex Galchenyuk will start the game on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. Torrey Mitchell will replace Andreas Martinsen on the right side of the fourth line with Steve Ott and Dwight King. Brandon Davidson will make his playoff debut; paired with Nathan Beaulieu.

….Although now skating and considered day-to-day, Alexei Emelin did not make the trip to New York on Saturday with his teammates. Emelin has now missed four games. He was hurt vs. Buffalo April 5th.

PREVIEW GAME #2 EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 14/2017)

Apr 13th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens have won only one of their last 6 home playoff games. In those games they have scored six goals while giving up 15.

….The Canadiens are in danger of being swept in the opening two games of a series at home for the third consecutive time – (Tampa won the opening two games at the Bell Centre 6-2 & 2-1 in 2015 Eastern Semi-Final and the Rangers in 2014 Eastern Final 7-2 & 3-1)

….Since Feb. 4th, including the opening playoff game the Canadiens are 6-8-2 at home. In that stretch they have been outscored 35-31. In nine of those games they were held to two goals or fewer.

EAST QUARTER-FINAL #1 – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 12/2017)

Apr 11th, 2017 | By

.Starting in 1930 the Canadiens have played the Rangers 15 times – for New York, the most of any opponent. The Rangers have an 8-7 edge in series.

….Since the Original-12 in 1967-68 they have played each other seven times during which the Rangers have won four of seven including the last two – 1996 & 2014.

….In 2014, the Canadiens pushed the Rangers to six games before losing to them. Dustin Tokarski was in goal for the final five games after Carey Price was injured in the well-documented second period collision with Chris Kreider. The Rangers won the deciding 6th game 1-0. (Tokarski spent the 2016-17 season at AHL-San Diego in the Anaheim Ducks system).

….In 2014 the Rangers outscored the Canadiens 20-16. In their four losses the Rangers outscored the Canadiens 14-5 – the Canadiens were shutout once, scored a single goal once and two goals in the other two games.

PREVIEW GAME #82 Canadiens @ Detroit (April 8/2017)

Apr 8th, 2017 | By

Six regulars did not make the trip to Detroit. Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov are being rested. Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin are injured.

….The Canadiens brought up defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from OHL-Windsor and will play. He will have #22. He is projected to play on the third pairing with Brett Lernout.

….Charlie Lindgren will be in goal. Al Montoya backup.

PREVIEW GAME #81 – Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (April 7/2017)

Apr 7th, 2017 | By

Lineup Changes –

….Defensemen Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin & Jordie Benn are out with injuries. Brett Lernout will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu; Nikita Nesterov with Andrei Markov and Jeff Petry with Brandon Davidson.

….Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn will be healthy scratches. The fourth line will be McCarron between Dwight King and Andreas Martinsen.

….Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskij in goal.

PREVIEW GAME #79 Canadiens @ Buffalo (April 5, 2017)

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

The last time the Canadiens played in Buffalo was the opening game of the season October 13th.

….The Canadiens have won seven of the last nine games in Buffalo and have at least a point in 14 of the last 17.

….The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last ten overall games vs. the Canadiens – 3-5-2 at home. The road team has won eight of the last 12 meetings in the Buffalo/Canadiens series.

….Since the Canadiens swept a four game series in 2013-14 the Canadiens are 5-4-2 overall vs. the Sabres. Four of the 11 games were decided in overtime and another in a shootout.

PREVIEW GAME #79 Canadiens @ Florida (April 3/2017)

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By

The Canadiens can clinch first place in the Atlantic Division with a win over Florida. Both Ottawa and Toronto are eight points behind the Canadiens with five games left to play. Losses by them would also clinch first place. Toronto plays in Buffalo Monday night. Ottawa is at Detroit.

….The Canadiens have given up the third fewest goals in the Eastern Conference at 191 – 2.45 average per game. They rank 8th in goals-for with 216, an average of 2.77. Their differential of plus-25 is fifth in the conference.

….Over the last four games the Danault/Pacioretty’Radulov line has produced 8 goals, 8 assists.

….The Plekanec/Byron/Gallagher line has been together for eight games. In that stretch they have produced nine goals, eight assists.

PREVIEW GAME #78 Canadiens @ Tampa Bay (April 1/2017)

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Carey Price will make his 60th start of the season. In 59 games he has a record of 29-21-3 with a 2.16GAA and .916save%.

….Price ranks fourth among the league’s starting goaltenders in GAA and 5th in Save% and wins.

….In Price’s 16 starts since Claude Julien took over the Canadiens he has allowed 26 goals – for a 1.60GAA and .942 save%.

….Price has given up two goals or fewer in six of his last nine starts.

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