Canadiens

GAME OVER – RANGERS IN SIX – New York-3 Canadiens-1 (April 22, 2017)

And so it ends. After winning two in a row to take a 2-1 series lead, the Canadiens dropped the next three and they’re gone from the playoffs yet again.  That’s 24 years since that 1993 Stanley Cup win. Like every game in the series, this one was decided by a break here or there

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AGAINST THE WALL – NY Rangers-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) April 20, 2017

We’ve seen it so many times, especially with the most recent versions of the Canadiens. Their work ethic gets them a lead but their offense can’t get them the needed extra one that will get them over the hump.  As a result the sit back, protecting the one-goal advantagel and the opposition comes back on

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ALL EVEN AT TWO – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-1 (April 18, 2017)

You didn’t think the Rangers were going to out of this series with a whimper did you? Home ice hasn’t been a friend to the Rangers for much of this season but they finally used it to full advantage in the 2-1 win over the Canadiens Tuesday night.  And now the Eastern Quarterfinal series is

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ROAD PERFECTION – Game Three – Canadien-3 Rangers-1 (April 16, 2017)

There was a time when teams had as much anxiety playing at Madison Square Garden as they did at the Montreal Forum or the Bell Centre. Those days in New York seem to have disappeared, some say with the renovation of the arena in 2014.   That’s one of the reasons given.  Others, who have much

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HIGH ANXIETY – Canadiens Come Back To Win 4-3 in Overtime – Game Two – April 14, 2017

For two periods the Canadiens were their own worst enemy Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Canadiens blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the third period. All three of the goals were the result of defensive blunders, two by Nathan Beaulieu and then on the go-ahead

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Hockey-General News

PREVIEW GAME SIX EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers (April 22/2017)

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.

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

.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.

PREVIEW GAME #4 EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers (April 18/2017)

Through the first three games of the series the Canadiens have average 45.7 hits per game; the Rangers 53.3. During the regular season the Canadiens were a 22.7 per game; the Rangers 20.9.

….The Rangers have won nine of the last thirteen playoff games against the Canadiens dating back to Game three of the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

….Against the Rangers Canadiens have killed all ten of the Rangers power plays.

….The Canadiens scored two power play goals in game three and now are at 20 percent for the series.

PREVIEW GAME #3 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers – (April 16/2017)

Alex Galchenyuk will start the game on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. Torrey Mitchell will replace Andreas Martinsen on the right side of the fourth line with Steve Ott and Dwight King. Brandon Davidson will make his playoff debut; paired with Nathan Beaulieu.

….Although now skating and considered day-to-day, Alexei Emelin did not make the trip to New York on Saturday with his teammates. Emelin has now missed four games. He was hurt vs. Buffalo April 5th.

PREVIEW GAME #2 EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 14/2017)

The Canadiens have won only one of their last 6 home playoff games. In those games they have scored six goals while giving up 15.

….The Canadiens are in danger of being swept in the opening two games of a series at home for the third consecutive time – (Tampa won the opening two games at the Bell Centre 6-2 & 2-1 in 2015 Eastern Semi-Final and the Rangers in 2014 Eastern Final 7-2 & 3-1)

….Since Feb. 4th, including the opening playoff game the Canadiens are 6-8-2 at home. In that stretch they have been outscored 35-31. In nine of those games they were held to two goals or fewer.

EAST QUARTER-FINAL #1 – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 12/2017)

.Starting in 1930 the Canadiens have played the Rangers 15 times – for New York, the most of any opponent. The Rangers have an 8-7 edge in series.

….Since the Original-12 in 1967-68 they have played each other seven times during which the Rangers have won four of seven including the last two – 1996 & 2014.

….In 2014, the Canadiens pushed the Rangers to six games before losing to them. Dustin Tokarski was in goal for the final five games after Carey Price was injured in the well-documented second period collision with Chris Kreider. The Rangers won the deciding 6th game 1-0. (Tokarski spent the 2016-17 season at AHL-San Diego in the Anaheim Ducks system).

….In 2014 the Rangers outscored the Canadiens 20-16. In their four losses the Rangers outscored the Canadiens 14-5 – the Canadiens were shutout once, scored a single goal once and two goals in the other two games.

PREVIEW GAME #82 Canadiens @ Detroit (April 8/2017)

Six regulars did not make the trip to Detroit. Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov are being rested. Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin are injured.

….The Canadiens brought up defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from OHL-Windsor and will play. He will have #22. He is projected to play on the third pairing with Brett Lernout.

….Charlie Lindgren will be in goal. Al Montoya backup.

PREVIEW GAME #81 – Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (April 7/2017)

Lineup Changes –

….Defensemen Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin & Jordie Benn are out with injuries. Brett Lernout will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu; Nikita Nesterov with Andrei Markov and Jeff Petry with Brandon Davidson.

….Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn will be healthy scratches. The fourth line will be McCarron between Dwight King and Andreas Martinsen.

….Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskij in goal.

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