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NHL Betting Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers- May 29th, 2014

If you want interesting in an NHL Playoff series, then you’ve got it here. The New York Rangers are heading back home after losing Game 5 of this series by a score of 7-4 to the Montreal Canadiens, but that wasn’t all the fun that happened. We saw Rene Bourque net a hat trick on Tuesday, and he decided to fire a few shots at Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist about how he hasn’t been nearly as good as Montreal goalie Dustin Tokarski. Best idea? Probably not. Now, Lundqvist and the Rangers look to end this series on their home ice in front of a group of rowdy fans, and try to avoid a Game 7 happening in Montreal. Game 6 is set for Thursday night at 8:00pm EST, and the Rangers have their first chance to get back to the Stanley Cup in the last 20 years.

What a set up we have here, and while Bourque probably shouldn’t have said anything, he still had an amazing game and really boosted the Canadiens in this series. He’s scored eight goals int he playoffs after scoring just nine goals throughout the entire regular season. We also saw Lars Eller continue his strong postseason play as he’s gotten his point total up to 13. These two guys are going to be key to the teams’ success on Thursday night, because you can bet that the Rangers’ defense, and of course Lundqvist are going to be ready to end this series and get their team to the finals.

The Rangers on the other side may have given up seven goals in the last game, but they are focused on moving forward. Ryan McDonagh has caused some major issues for the Canadiens in this series, and he’s had nine points in five games, adding two assists in Game 5. McDonagh actually came over from Montreal in 2009. It’s important to note that the last time that Lundqvist struggled, he was pulled from Game 6 of the first-round series against Philadelphia, and responded by stopping 26 of 27 shots to clinch the series.

Consensus

The Rangers are big, big favorites in this one with odds of -170, and that’s about to be expected. Many feel that if New York doesn’t clinch this series on their home ice, then they won’t be moving on to the Stanley Cup. That’s a safe guess, but I don’t believe it’ll matter. I like the Rangers to win it on their home ice and move on to the Finals.

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