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

Apr 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #2 – Eastern Quarter-Final

NY Rangers vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 14, 2017 – 7:05pm

Lineup Changes

….Neither team is expected to make any changes to the lineups that were on the ice Wednesday night in Game One.

Head to Head

….None of the fifteen previous Ranger/Canadiens playoff series has gone the limit of seven games. In the seven Canadiens series victories none went past the 5th game. The last two series, 1996 and 2014 were won by the Rangers in six games.

….In the last five losses against the Rangers – including the four in the 2014 Eastern final, the Canadiens have scored only 5 goals.  They were shut out twice, scored one goal once and  two goals in the other two games.


About the Canadiens

….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 the 2015 Eastern Semi-Final and the Rangers in 2014 Eastern Final 7-2 & 3-1).  The Canadiens lost both series in six games.

….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.

….When shut out in the opening game of a series the Canadiens have gone on to lose 11 of 12 series. The only time they came back to win was 2004 vs. Boston.

….Andrei Markov leads the Canadiens in playoff experience with 84 games (5 goals, 31pts) followed by Tomas Plekanec with 82 (15g, 46 points). Dwight King has been in 70 games (10g, 25pts) followed by Steve Ott.

….In terms of playoff points per game, Alexander Radulov leads with 14 in 19 games – 0.74 per game. He is followed by Shea Weber who has scored points at a rate of 0.70 per game – 17 goals & 42 points in 60 games. Next is Tomas Plekanec at 0.56 points in 82 games (15g, 31a); Max Pacioretty has 18 points in 33 career playoff games – 0.55 per game. Andrew Shaw at 0.51 per game (16g, 19a in 68 games.

….Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Artturi Lehkonen and Andreas Martinsen played in their first career playoff game Wednesday night. On the current roster Al Montoya, Brandon Davidson and Mike McCarron have yet to see career playoff action.

About the Rangers

….The Rangers have won six of their last seven playoff games at the Bell/Molson Centre dating back to Game three of the Eastern Quarterfinal in 1996.

….The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in road playoff wins since the start of the 2014 playoffs (13). They led the NHL in road wins with 27 during the regular season (27-12-2).

….The Rangers scored the first goal Wednesday. During the regular season the Rangers won 19 games when scoring the first goal on the road – 2nd most in the league.

….The Rangers lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 playoffs (82). Over the same span they lead the East in playoff wins (41) and playoff series win (8).

.Chris Kreider has two goals and seven points in four career playoff games at the Bell Centre.

….Michael Grabner‘s empty net goal in Game One snapped a 12 game goal-less streak. After scoring 26 goals through the first 53 games he had one over the final 23 in the regular season.

….In the eight New York series since the start of the 2014 playoffs the Rangers have won game-one five times.

,,,,Ryan McDonagh has a point in five of seven career playoff games vs. the Canadiens. He recorded ten points in the six game 2014 Eastern Conference Final.

….Twelve of Mika Zibanejad‘s 17 career playoff games have been against the Canadiens. Against the Canadiens he has 1 goal, 6 assists in 7 games at the Bell Centre.

.Chris Kreider has two goals and seven points in his last four career playoff games at the Bell Centre.

….Michael Grabner‘s empty net goal in Game One snapped a 12 game goal-less streak. After scoring 26 goals through the first 53 games he had one over the final 23 in the regular season.

….In the New York series since the start of the 2014 playoffs the Rangers have won game-one five times.

….While four members of the Canadiens played in their first career playoff game Wednesday, only one member of the Rangers made his playoff debut – second line left wing Jimmy Vesey.

Goaltending

….Carey Price has a 23-28 record in 55 career playoff appearances with a 2.59GAA, .913 save% and five shutouts.

….This will be Price‘s third playoff start against the Rangers. He is 0-2-0 with 3.03 GAA and .900 save%.

….Price‘s playoff statistics vs. the Rangers are inflated by his Game 1 start May 17, 2014 in which he gave up 4 goals on 20 shots before pulling himself after two periods. The collision with Chris Kreider took place at 3:15 of the second period with the Rangers leading 2-0. Subsequent to that Price allowed two more goals before pulling himself. (Peter Budaj played the third period)

….Henrik Lundqvist has a 122:04 shutout string against the Canadiens. Rene Bourque scored the last goal on Lundqvist at 6:54 in the second period of game five of the 2014 Eastern Conference final. He was removed 2:04 later as the Canadiens recorded a 7-4 win at the Bell Centre. He subsequently shutout the Canadiens 1-0 in the series deciding 6th game. He has stopped the last 49 Canadiens shots.

….Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven career playoff appearances vs. the Canadiens. His playoff record vs. the Canadiens is 5-1 with a 1.82GAA, .935save% with 2 shutouts.

….At the Bell Centre Lundqvist is 3-0 in the playoffs with a 2.01GAA; .938save% with one shutout.

….Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven career playoff appearances vs. the Canadiens.

….The shutout was Lundqvist‘s team record 10th in the playoffs, surpassing Mike Richter’s 9. Davey Kerr is third with seven..  He also leads all active NHL goaltenders in playoff shutouts, playoff wins (56) and playoff appearances (117).

….Lundqvist‘s win Wednesday night ended a 0-5-1 streak vs. the Canadiens during which he had a 3.45GAA and .886 save percentage.

….The last Ranger goaltender to record a postseason shutout in Montreal was Charlie Raynor – April 6, 1950.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens have one power play goal in 31 advantages over their last eleven playoff games. (Jeff Petry vs. Tampa in 2015)

….The Canadiens power play is 0-for-15 in their last six home playoff games.

….Including Game-one of the playoffs, the Canadiens have scored 4 power play goals their last 41 opportunities. All four scored by defensemen – Beaulieu with 2; plus Weber and Markov. The last forward to score a Canadiens power play goal was Alex Galchenyuk February 28th in overtime in the 1-0 win over Columbus.

….Since Feb. 4th, the Canadiens power play has operated at 10.3% at the Bell Centre.

….Over their final 24 games of the regular season and the playoff game, Canadiens penalty killers have allowed two goals in 31 times shorthanded.

Canadiens Forward Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

21-Dwight King 65-Andrew Shaw 62-Artturi Lehkonen

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Steve Ott 37-Andreas Martinsen

79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

8-Jordie Benn 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 89-Nikita Nesterov

31-Carey Price

Injuries – D Alexei Emelin

Scratches – C Brian Flynn; C Mike McCarron; C Torrey Mitchell; D Brandon Davidson

NY Rangers Forward Lines & Pairings

20-Chris Kreider 21-Derek Stepan 36-Mats Zuccarello

26-Jimmy Vesey 93-Mika Zibanejad 61-Rick Nash

40-Michael Grabner 13-Kevin Hayes 10-J.T. Miller

15-Tanner Glass 24-Oscar Lindberg 19-Jesper Fast

27Ryan McDonagh 5-Dan Girardi

18-Mark Staal 22-Nick Holden

76-Brady Skjei 42-Brendan Smith

30-Henrik Lundqvist

Injuries – G Antti Raanta (knee)

Scratches – RW Pavel Buchnevich; LW Matt Puempl; LW Brandon Pirri; D Adam Clendening; D Stephen Kampfer; D-Kevin Klein .

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