NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Canadiens Game 5

David Lawrence

Monday, May 26, 2014 2:39 PM GMT

The New York Rangers have taken a 3-1 stranglehold on the Eastern Conference final. Expect the Montreal Canadiens to throw their best punch, cash on the NHL odds and fend off elimination for one more game.

The New York Rangers Can Win Because…
They’ve had the upper hand in this series. Although the Habs have gotten a little bit closer, winning Game 3 in overtime, and then losing Game 4 in overtime, they still can’t find their groove. The Rangers defense has them bottled up, and the Habs don’t have any answers.

Not much will change in Game 5. It’ll be a one-goal game, and the Habs will come up with the short end of the stick. This is the exact style that the Rangers like to play and the Habs can’t figure out how to get around it.


The Montreal Canadiens Can Win Because…
The Habs offense will finally wake up. They have a slew of key players that are in the midst of a scoring, like Brian Gionta, Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec and more. At home, with their backs against the wall, we should see their best effort yet. 

The Habs goaltending and defense haven’t really been an issue. With Dustin Tokarski in net, they’ve allowed eight goals in the last three games. That’s not bad. What the Habs need to do is find a way to generate some more offense. Taking advantage of their power play opportunities would be a good start.


Outlook & Pick
First to three wins this game. That being the case, I’m going to take the 'under' with my NHL picks. The defense has ramped up on both sides, as neither side has been past three goals in the last three games. That means it should be tough to hit the 'over.'

Free NHL Pick: 'Under' 5 at 5Dimes Sportsbook

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