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

Apr 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Game Five Eastern Quarter Final

NY Rangers vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 20, 2017 – 7:10pm

Lineup Changes

….Alexei Emelin returns to the Canadiens after missing six games (including two in regular season) with a lower body injury. He will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu. Rest of the Canadiens lineup remains the same


….The Canadiens were 7-4 winners the last time the Canadiens played the Rangers in Game Five of a series, – Eastern Final May 27th 2014. (Rene Bourque with hat trick). The Rangers won Game Six and the series 1-0 two nights later.

….The team that has scored first has won each of the first four games of the series.

….The Rangers have been tied 2-2 in a best of seven series against the Canadiens twice. They’ve won both series in 6 games – 1974 and 1996

….In the series the Canadiens have outscored the Rangers 8-6 and outshot them 142-122.  The Rangers have blocked 78 Canadiens shots to 48 blocked by Montreal.  The Rangers have 203 hits to the Canadiens 164.   The Rangers have been forced into 67 giveaways to the Canadiens 60.   The Canadiens have won 134 faceoffs and lost 126 – 51.5%.

About the Canadiens

….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.

….The Canadiens have played Game 5 in a 2-2 series seven times since 1997 with a 3-4 record. They have lost the last two – 2014 vs. Boston (won the series in 7 games) and 2011 vs. Boston (lost in seven)

….Alexander Radulov has 12 points – 6 goals, 6 assists in his last ten regular season and playoff games.

….With six points in the playoffs (2g, 4a) Radulov is tied for second in the playoff scoring race behind Evgeni Malkin’s eight. In four games Radulov has a plus-4 rating.

….Radulov is the first Canadiens player with six points in the first four playoff games since Mike Cammalleri in 2011 vs. Boston (7points).

….Radulov has 20 points in 22 career playoff games (18 with Nashville) – 8 goals, 12 assists.

….The Canadiens have scored eight goals in the series four games. Torrey Mitchell became the seventh different team-member to score. Along with Mitchell, Radulov with 2 plus Petry, Byron, Plekanec, Lehkonen and Weber.

….Max Pacioretty leads the the playoffs with 19 shots on goal, one more than five others including Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin. Pacioretty has one assist in four games.

….Pacioretty has scored five goals in each of his last two playoff rounds. He now has 10g and 19 points in his last 32 playoff games.

….Behind Radulov’s 6 points, Shea Weber and Tomas Plekanec each have a goal and two assists.

…In the playoffs, Shea Weber’s teams are 10-4 in the playoffs when he scores a goal.

….Tomas Plekanec has been involved in half of the Canadiens 160 faceoffs in the series winning 51 of 80 – 63.7%.

….Alexei Emelin led the Canadiens with 241 hits during the regular season – 9th ranked in the NHL. He had ten points in 76 games – 2 goals, 8 assists.

About the Rangers

….Since the start of the 2012 playoffs, seven of the 14 Rangers playoff series were tied 2-2 (including 2014 vs. the Canadiens). The Rangers have won four of those seven games.

….The Rangers have a 10-5 record in games 5 through 7 of playoff series dating back to the first round vs. Philadelphia is 2014.

….The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in playoff wins on the road dating back to the start of 2014 with 13. They led the NHL in road wins during the regular season with 27.

….Rick Nash finished the regular season with five goals in his final eight games to finish the season with 23. He has two more in the playoffs and has seven goals and 6 assists his last 13 playoff games.

….Ryan McConagh has a point in six of his 10 career playoff games against the Canadiens. He had 10 points in the six game Eastern final vs. the Canadiens in 2014.

….With the assist on the Game Four game winning goal McDonaugh passed James Patrick for fourth most playoff assists by a Ranger defenseman – 27.


….In this year’s playoffs Carey Price is 2-2 with a 1.65GAA and .942 save%.

….Price needs one shutout to tie George Hainsworth for third most in Canadiens playoff history – 6.

….Henrik Lundqvist is 2-2 in this year’s playoffs with a 1.89GAA and .944 save% and one shutout.

….Lundqvist has appeared in 10 playoff games vs. the Canadiens with a 6-3 record, 2.04GAA, .932 save% and two shutouts.

….In his last five playoff games dating back to the sixth game of the 2014 Eastern Final Lundqvist is 3-2 with a 1.53GAA, a .950 save% and two shutouts.

….Lundqvist leads all active NHL goaltenders in playoff appearances (120) wins (57) and shutouts (10)

Special Teams

….The Canadiens have killed off all 12 Ranger power play chances in the series allowing 14 shots on goal. Since February 28th, Canadiens penalty killing has been best in the NHL at 2-for-39, a 94.8% success rate.

….The Canadiens power play has scored twice on twenty shots (both goals in game three).

Canadiens Forward Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 65-Andrew Shaw

21-Dwight King 92-Steve Ott 17-Torrey Mitchell

79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

8-Jordie Benn 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 74-Alexei Emelin

31-Carey Price

Injuries – none

Scratches – C Brian Flynn; C Mike McCarron; RW Andreas Martinsen; D Nikita Nesterov; D Brandon Davidson

NY Rangers Forward Lines & Pairings

 61- Rick Nash  21-Derek Stepan 36-Mats Zuccarello

20 Chris Kreider  93-Mika Zibanejad 89-Pavel Buchnevich

26- Jimmy Vesey   13-Kevin Hayes 10-J.T. Miller

40 Michael Grabner   24-Oscar Lindberg 19-Jesper Fast

27Ryan McDonagh 5-Dan Girardi

18-Mark Staal 22-Nick Holden

76-Brady Skjei 42-Brendan Smith

30-Henrik Lundqvist

Injuries – none

Scratches – LW Matt Puempl; LW Brandon Pirri; D Adam Clendening; LW Tanner Glass; D Stephen Kampfer; D-Kevin Klein .

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