Montreal (1-1) at NY Rangers (1-1)
When: Sunday, April 16th 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The Montreal Canadiens look to keep the momentum going from their improbable win in Game 2 when they visit the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden on Sunday for Game 3. The Rangers had a 2-0 series lead in their grasp until Montreal scored the tying goal with 17.3 seconds then prevailed in overtime to even the best-of-seven series. It was a deflating loss for New York, who recorded a league-best 27 road wins but own the fewest points at home (46) of any of the 16 teams in the postseason. The bright spot for New York in the series has been the offensive production of Michael Grabner, who scored into an empty net in the opener before converting on a breakaway in Game 2, beating Carey Price with a spectacular move. Grabner finished second on the team with 27 goals, but ended the season with just one goal in the final 23 games. Grabner is no stranger to postseason success. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last eight playoff games. New York is 18-for-19 on the penalty kill in the past four games, including 7-for-7 in the series.
Even though the Canadiens lost home-ice advantage by dropping the series opener 2-0, the dramatic tying goal by Tomas Plekanec and game-winner by Alexander Radulov, was a huge confidence boost as they move forward. Plekanec is coming off a 10-goal season, the least productive campaign since he scored nine as a rookie with Montreal in 2005-06, but head coach Claude Julien had Plekanec on the ice in the final minute and the 34-year-old veteran responded by redirecting a beautiful feed from Radulov to send the game into overtime. Radulov recorded his first three-point game and first OT goal in the postseason. Goalie Carey Price has a .941 save percentage after two games and stopped 38 New York shots on Friday night. Only two teams (Rangers, Chicago) had more road victories than Montreal did during the regular season (23) and they have won 10 of their last 12 away from home overall.
Montreal has serious momentum now that they tied the series. I think they definitely garner a split in New York and I expect it to be tonight’s game.
Pick: Canadiens +110
HEAD TO HEAD
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