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NHL Game Day Preview: Can the Canadiens force a Game 7? Will the Canucks bow out against the Blackhawks?

The Montreal Canadiens won the first two games of the series, but have lost three in a row. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Montreal Canadiens won the first two games of the series, but have lost three in a row. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

BOSTON BRUINS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS

Game 1: 2-0 Canadiens

Game 2: 3-1 Canadiens

Game 3: 4-2 Bruins

Game 4: 5-4 Bruins (OT)

Game 5: 2-1 Bruins (OT)

Game 6: 7:00 Tuesday

Notes: Both teams have scored 12 goals this series… Boston hasn’t come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-seven series in 27 tries… James Wisniewski and David Desharnais were both injured in Game 5 and neither skated Monday – they will be game time decisions… This is the only series where both goalies have a GAA below 2.20 and a SP above .925… The Canadiens have the worst faceoff winning percentage of any team still in the playoffs (46.6 percent)… Roman Hamrlik is the only Hab with a plus-minus better than plus-1… the Bruins are the only team that hasn’t scored on the power play in these playoffs… In Game 3, the Habs were up 3-1 at home with a 2-0 series lead, but let it slip away and haven’t won since.

Quote worthy: "We've got to take advantage of the crowd. We've got guys who have gone through it and if anything, guys are excited about it. Playing Game 6 at the Bell Centre: you’ve got to like that." - Montreal’s Scott Gomez.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)
1. Carey Price (7)
2. Tim Thomas (6)
3. Four tied at 3.

What they’re saying in Boston: Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe wrotes the Bruins need more from their slumping power play.

What they’re saying in Montreal: Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette writes the Habs are keeping the faith they’ll make a return trip to Boston for Game 7.

Poll: Who will win Game 6?

BUFFALO SABRES AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Game 1: 1-0 Sabres

Game 2: 5-4 Flyers

Game 3: 4-2 Flyers

Game 4: 1-0 Sabres

Game 5: 4-3 Sabres (OT)

Game 6: 5-4 Flyers (OT)

Game 7: 7:30 Tuesday

Notes: Mike Richards wasn’t suspended for his hit-from-behind on Tim Connolly and will be in the lineup for Game 7… Derek Roy is expected to return to Buffalo’s lineup for the first time since Dec. 23… Danny Briere, Matt Carle and Dany Syvret are the only Flyers with a minus rating… Chris Pronger returned to Philadelphia’s lineup in Game 6, but was limited to just 4:33 of ice time, which all came on the power play… Brian Boucher will start for the Flyers… Ryan Miller leads the playoffs with two shutouts… Miller has allowed a total of three goals in his three wins and 13 goals in his three losses.

Quote worthy: "The guy who was complaining the most about how we were getting away with murder has delivered two of the dirtiest hits in the series. A blatant elbow to the face, that is something that the league said they were going to try and take away, and driving Tim Connolly head first into the boards.” – Buffalo’s Ryan Miller on Philadelphia’s Mike Richards.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Ryan Miller (7)
2. Brian Boucher (7)
3. Three tied at 3

What they’re saying in Buffalo: John Vogl of the Buffalo News writes about the Sabres’ experience in Game 7 and how they’re prepared for this showdown.

What they’re saying in Philadelphia: Sam Donnellon of Philly.com writes about how Danny Briere is finding his big-game form again.

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Poll: Who will win Game 7?

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Game 1: 2-0 Canucks

Game 2: 4-3 Canucks

Game 3: 3-2 Canucks

Game 4:
7-2 Blackhawks

Game 5: 5-0 Blackhawks

Game 6:
4-3 Blackhawks (OT)

Game 7: 10:00 Tuesday

Notes: Bryan Bickell will have surgery on his hand and will miss the rest of the playoffs… Cory Schneider started in net for Vancouver in Game 6, but had to leave after being injured on a penalty shot… Roberto Luongo is expected to start Game 7… Chicago has had 27 power plays in the series to Vancouver’s 16… Ryan Kesler had 41 goals in the regular season, but hasn’t scored yet in the playoffs… Dave Bolland has only played three games this series because of injury, but his six points is tied for the most on Chicago… Bolland’s plus-6 is also a series-best… Christian Ehrhoff is a series-worst minus-5… This is the only series where both sides have logged a shutout.

Quote worthy: "I'm not sure how you explain that discrepancy, but we're going to be very hard-pressed to win hockey games if throughout the entire series, when the score is tight, they get 75 percent more power plays than we do.” - Vancouver GM Mike Gillis on the referring in the series.
 
THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Dave Bolland (6)
2. Ryan Kesler (5)
3. Roberto Luongo (5)

What they’re saying in Chicago: David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune writes about the thrills and chills facing both teams in Game 7.

What they’re saying in Vancouver: Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province writes Keith Ballard could return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past two games.

Poll: Who will win Game 7?

THN Puck Panel: Game Day Preview


PRODUCER: Ted Cooper

The NHL Game Day Preview will appear each day throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs to prepare you for the action ahead.

 

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