Rangers vs. Canadiens Game 5 Pick
Which team will grab the key Game-5 victory tonight when the Montreal Canadiens host the New York Rangers at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Montreal is favored at home in this game, as the Canadiens is getting odds of -150 to win, while the Rangers are getting a money line of +130 to prevail. The over/under total for the game is listed at 4.5 goals.
New York evened the series with a 2-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday. Each team has now won once at home and on the road in this series. Montreal comes into tonight’s game with a 49-28-9 overall record and a 25-13-5 record at home. New York is now 50-29-7 overall and 28-12-3 on the road.
There wasn’t a ton of excitement to Game 4, as there were no goals over the last 35 minutes of play. Jesper Fast gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead midway through the first and Torrey Mitchell evened things up later in the period for the Habs. New York took the lead for good early in the second on a Rick Nash goal. The Rangers were the more aggressive team in the win, posting 32 shots to Montreal’s 24 and holding a 43-25 edge in hits.
If the Rangers that played on Tuesday can show up tonight, I like New York’s chances to steal a game on the road. New York can utilize its physicality and allow that to lead to more scoring opportunities. However, when push comes to shove, I trust Carey Price more than Henrik Lundqvist. When you add that Price is at home, I can’t pass up the Canadiens to win this crucial game.
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