Back Canadiens to Take a 3-2 Series Lead Over the Rangers

Dana Lane

Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:36 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 2:36 PM UTC

The series between the Rangers and the Canadiens may be tied but our certified on-fire handicapper Dana Lane explains why Montreal has been the better team all along.

It’s not always easy as we’ve dropped the last couple postseason plays but we’re going to up our play a bit tonight as the New York Rangers travel back to Montreal to take on the Canadiens at the Bell Centre starting at 7:00 ET/ 4:00 ET. 

The opening number had the Canadiens between a -145 to -150 favorite with 62% of the early tickets written backing the Rangers. The total is mostly 5 shaded heavily to the ‘under’ but if you do some shopping you can find a few 4.5’s out there shaded to the over.

The Rangers have the leagues best road record but winning at the Bell Centre has never been their strength, losing 14 of their last 19 meetings, including 8 of their last 11 overall. The ‘under’ is 16-6-6 in their last 28 meetings

The best available number is available at Matchbook, where you can also take advantage of their generous cash back program and their -138 price, a number that’s as high as -160 in one spot.

I've heard people say that the New York Rangers played game four with desperation helping them to even the series against Montreal but the truth is Montreal is fine where there are.  

Carey Price allowed a couple goals that seemed to surprise him but besides that its been all Habs.  Since Claude Julien arrived Montreal has been playing their best defensive hockey.  Not once have they allowed an odd man rush in this series to go with the same amount of rebound chances.  New York has had very few quality scoring chances.  To take it a step further New York has had just even total shots get to Price through a screen.  What does this all mean, it means that Price is seeing every shot and seeing them clean.  You could argue that Alain Vigneault’s team had just one high percentage shot in game four while Montreal had 11. 

The series may be tied but Montreal is the better of the two teams.  Let’s up the play to 1.5 units as we get back in the black.

Also, keep checking SBR's NHL Odds page throughout the day to take advantage of all the NHL’s best available lines.

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