• SHARE:
  • email
  • Bookmark and Share

Five things the Montreal Canadiens need to do to beat the New York Rangers

The Montreal Canadiens open the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Here are five things the Habs need to do to win the seven-game series:

Rattle Lundqvist—King Henrik seems to have a mental block when it comes to playing at the Bell Centre. New York's star goalie is 4-5-2 with a 3.87 goals-against average and .876 save percentage when he plays in Montreal. He has struggled so much, he hasn't even started in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012, when he was subbed after four goals.

Price vs. Lundqvist—Carey Price allowed one goal in the final two games of the Habs seven-game comeback win over Boston. Lundqvist allowed only one in each game as the Rangers erased a 3-1 Pittsburgh advantage. Price will seek to win the duel between two of the NHL's goaltending elite.

Top line—Montreal's first line of David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher broke out of a slump in the in final two games against Boston. The Canadiens will need their first unit hot as goals will likely be hard to come by against the defensively sound Rangers.

Stop St. Louis—The Rangers have rallied around veteran Martin St. Louis, whose mother died suddenly during their series with Pittsburgh. He is also a long-time Canadiens killer from his days with Tampa Bay. Stopping St. Louis and the inspiration he brought when he joined them late in the season is key.

Therrien factor—Coach Michel Therrien did a fine job managing his lineup against the Bruins, bringing in Douglas Murray for extra size in mid-series, then replacing him with rookie Nathan Beaulieu. Speed and skill are likely to be factors, and at some point Therrien will need to decide whether to use gifted youngster Alex Galchenyuk, who is about to return from a knee injury.

More Stories

Canadiens will have four alternate captains rather than giving anyone the C

LAVAL, Que. - Debate raged all summer over who would be the next captain of the Montreal...

Bozon begins Canadiens rookie camp glad to be alive after meningitis scare

BROSSARD, Que. - Tim Bozon was clearly the happiest skater among the 44 players at the opening...

Former Canadiens defence great Lapointe to have jersey retire Nov. 8

MONTREAL - Guy Lapointe's jersey retirement ceremony will take place Nov. 8 at the Bell Centre...

Rangers reach deals with restricted free agent D John Moore and veteran F Ryan Malone

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Just days before the start of training camp, the defending Eastern Conference...
blog comments powered by Disqus

THN on Twitter

Is going with four alternate captains rather than giving one player the 'C' a good move by the Canadiens?




Contests

Our Partners