Eastern Quarterfinal Game Six
Canadiens vs. NY Rangers
Madison Square Garden – April 22, 2017 – 8:10pm
Lineup Changes –
…..Andrew Shaw is out with an upper body injury. Brian Flynn will replace him on the line between Galchenyuk and Byron. Mike McCarron will replace Torrey Mitchell on right wing with C Steve Ott and LW Dwight King.
….Artturi Lehkonen moves up to play left wing with Plekanec and Gallagher. Paul Byron will be on right wing with Flynn and Galcheyuk.
….On defense Brandon Davidson replaces Nathan Beaulieu and will play with Jordie Benn while Alexei Emelin moves up to play with Jeff Petry.
….Healthy scratches are forwards Mitchell and Andreas Martinsen plus defensemen Nikita Nesterov and Nathan Beaulieu.
….The Rangers have had a 3-2 lead in a best of seven series three times vs. Montreal. They won all three (1976, 1996 & 2014) in six games.
….The last time the Canadiens played the Rangers in the sixth game of a series they were shutout 1-0 May 27th 2014 in the series deciding game.
….The Canadiens have outscored the Rangers 10-9 in the series. (One Ranger goal into empty net)
….The Canadiens lead the Rangers in series shots on goal 178-158 and they have won 50.9% of faceoffs.
….There have been 444 hits in the series, an average of 88.8 per game. The Rangers lead the Canadiens 229 to 215.
….The Rangers’ defenders have blocked 106 shots to the Canadiens 76.
….Since the Canadiens last Stanley Cup 24 years ago the Canadiens have faced elimination in the sixth game of a series ten times. Four times they have come back to win the 6th and 7th games including twice in 2010 vs. Washington & Pittsburgh. Also 2004 and 2014 vs. Boston.
….The Canadiens have reached the 6th game in a series 14 times since 1993, winning eight of them. Five times they lost the series in the 6th game. Twice the won the sixth game and then lost the series in the seventh game.
….In their last 18 playoff games the Canadiens have an 8-10 record. In those eighteen games they have averaged 1.94 goals per game.
….Tomas Plekanec has won 67 of 116 faceoffs in the series – 57.8%. The other centres have won 47.1%. In defensive zone faceoffs Plekanec has won 64.7% (33 of 51)
….Artturi Lehkonen is tied with Alexander Radulov for the series goalscoring lead with 2. In the five games he has three point on 17 shots on goal. He has registered 11 hits.
….Paul Byron leads the Canadiens with 23 hits, an average of 4.8 per game. Radulov is second with 18.
….Shea Weber has a team-leading 19 blocked shots along with 14 hits in the series five games.
….Alex Galchenyuk has three assists in the series but has failed to score a goal in fifteen straight post season games. His last playoff goal was the overtime winner in the second game of the opening round series vs. Tampa April 17, 2015. Galchenyuk has 4 goals in 27 playoff games.
….ON THE FARM – The St. John’s IceCaps took a 1-0 lead in their opening round AHL playoff series vs. Syracuse with a 2-1 win Friday night at Mile One Centre. Nikita Scherbak and Chris Terry scored for St. John’s. Charlie Lindberg stopped 28 of 29 shots and was the game’s first star.
….The Rangers have turned a 2-1 series deficit into a 3-2 lead eight times now. They won six of the first seven turnaround series.
….Dating back to game seven of the 2014 first round, the Rangers are 11-5 in games 5-7 of a playoff round.
….The Rangers have played nine potential series clinching games at Madison Square Garden since 2007. They have won seven of them.
….In his last 14 playoff games Rick Nash 7 goals, 7 assists. He has two goals, one assist in this series.
….Mika Zibanejad has played 16 of his 21 career playoff games against the Canadiens (11 with Ottawa) . With his game winning overtime goal and an assist in Game Five he has 3 goals 8 assists in his 16 post-season games vs. Montreal.
….In the series five games, Carey Price is 2-3 with a 1.82GAA and .936 save%.
….Since the start of the 2015 playoffs Price has a record of 8-9 with a 2.11GAA and .925save%. His teammates have supported him by averaging 2.06 goals per game.
….Prior to this series Price had beaten the Rangers twice in 14 regular season games dating back to November 2011.
….In the series Henrik Lundqvist is 3-2 with a 1.83GAA, .944 save% and one shutout.
….In 11 career playoff starts vs. the Canadiens Lundqvist is now 7-3 with a 1.99GAA, .934save% and two shutouts.
….This will be Lundqvist‘s 121st post season start, most of any active goaltender. He has started every Rangers post season game since he took over from Kevin Weekes in the third game of the opening round series against New Jersey in 2006.
….The Canadiens have killed off all 14 Ranger power play advantages in the series allowing only 17 shots while shorthanded.
….The Canadiens power play has scored three goals on 17 advantages (17.6%). In the 17 power plays they have had 27 shots on goal.
….The Rangers are the only playoff team without a power play goal. In the six-game 2014 series against the Canadiens they scored 5 in 26 advantages.
Canadiens Forward Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty -24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
27-Alex Galchenyuk 32-Brian Flynn 41-Paul Byron
21-Dwight King 92-Steve Ott 34-Mike McCarron
79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
88-Brandon Davidson 8-Jordie Benn
Injuries – C Andrew Shaw (upper body)
Scratches – Nathan Beaulieu; D Nikita Nesterov; RW Andreas Martinsen; C Torrey Mitchell
Projected 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
Injuries – none
Scratches – RW Tanner Glass ; LW Matt Puempl; LW Brandon Pirri; D Adam Clendening; D Stephen Kampfer; D-Kevin Klein