NHL Predictions: Will the Rangers upset the Canadiens in Game 2? 4/14/17

The games are tight, the hits are hard, the intensity is high and Canadian teams are 0-5.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is set for Saturday in Ottawa, Ontario.

Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves, and Tanner Glass scored in the first period to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round at Bell Centre on Wednesday. I think we gave up a lot of chances by the wingers not getting the puck out. "If he can see it, he's going to save it, and sometimes when he can't see it he's going to save it, so we're going to have to be real sharp with the puck when we get our scoring chances and find ways to maybe get some bounces by him".

No matter who plays, though, the coach believes in his team.

Montreal went 3-0-0 against Lundqvist and the Rangers in the regular season, continuing the trend of the last two seasons in which Carey Price has shone against the Blueshirts while Lundqvist has labored.

Canadiens coach Claude Julien did not anticipate making any lineup changes for Game 2 but also did not offer any confirmation that he would not. "For me to be effective, I need to go to the crease". "We've got to dig a little bit deeper to come up with those second chances". While secondary scoring was needed this game, the team can not rely on Glass to provide it going forward.

The New York Rangers opened up the first round of the playoffs with a gritty 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

"We know Hank's going to bring it", Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said.

And just another reason the Stanley Cup playoffs are so great.

Murray was scheduled to get the nod in the playoff opener but was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body injury during pregame warm-ups. "You're trying to finish and get yourself engaged".

By no means was this victory easy - and this series is far from over after one exciting contest - but the Rangers most definitely fired the first resounding salvo of the 2017 post-season.

The Phil Kessel skate pass. "As an individual, as a line, and as a unit of five".

This goal was Glass' second through 61 career playoff games.

"He's an incredible player", Malkin said of Kessel. The guy that everyone disagreed with of being in the line-up in the playoffs. He wants to score every game. Lindberg ten. And Fast, who plays up late in games to help protect the lead, almost 14.

The big story was not Fleury's play, rather that Pittsburgh's offense remained dynamic against the Blue Jackets' NHL-best defense. Blues goalie Jake Allen was a revelation, turning aside 51 and being the first star in a 2-1 OT win. Blue Jackets RW Oliver Bjorkstrand had fantastic possession numbers (16 for, 1 against, 94.1 CF%, 5-1 scoring chances) at Pittsburgh... Here, we'll highlight a few things to make a note of going forward. Later Game 1s were the Blues at Wild and Sharks at Oilers, matchups that both wound up in overtime and kept the late crowd on edge with some regulation heroics from Minnesota's Zach Parise as well as a close win by San Jose.

It was the first National Hockey League post-season game for numerous Oilers and they gave the puck away carelessly far too often. "He made a lot of the first saves and their team did a good job clearing out the second opportunities".

  • Julie Sanders