Pressure is on in Montreal
The Canadiens host the Rangers on Monday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. This will be Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the Rangers holding a 1-0 lead. The Canadiens will be looking to rebound from a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers in the opening game of the series on Saturday afternoon.
to NHL betting odds, the Canadiens opened as a -130 money line home
favorite, but quickly were moved to -115. The posted total for this contest is
5.0. The high scoring opening game was the first time a contest had gone 'over' the total in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
Despite the Game 1 loss,
the Canadiens have gone a dominating 9-2 in their last 12-games versus the Rangers.
The impressive win by the Rangers on Saturday was just further indication as to why they were one of the best road teams in the NHL this season, favored as NHL picks by many. They've now gone 28-13 in their last 41 road games, including 4-1 in the last 5 during the playoffs. Henrik Lundquist has really been sharp for the Rangers during their recent 4-game winning streak. Lundquist has posted an excellent 1.25 GAA and an .961 save percentage in those 4 starts. The Rangers enter tonight having to overcome the fact that they've gone 0-11 the last 3 years during the playoffs when they hold a lead in a series. The Rangers are also a dismal 0-7 in Game 2 of a playoff series over the last 3-years.
Getting Late Early for the Canadians
When describing the Canadians current situation, I would like to borrow a famous quote from a baseball icon, the beloved Yogi Berra. Yogi once described the shadows in left field during day games at the old Yankee Stadium as, "it gets late early out there." Well, the Canadiens must feel the same way heading into Game 2 of this series. They not only cannot afford to go down 2-0 in the series with the next 2-games in New York, but they must try to regain their confidence after being hammered in a 5-goal loss in Game 1.
positive note, Montreal has gone a stellar 25-14 this season following a loss.
Any team in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals has gone 'over' the total in 46 of those 62-games (74.5%) since 1996.
Free NHL Pick: Rangers/Canadians 'Over' 5.0 Total Wins.