The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series tonight at the Bell Centre. Here is all the information you need to watch the game.
The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens return to the Bell Centre tonight for Game 5. This has been a back and forth series between two evenly matched teams with things tied up with two wins apiece.
This is basically a three-game series now. The Rangers won Game One and Game Four, while the Canadiens took the middle two games. The edge could be in favor of the Rangers, who have excelled on the road and will be playing away from Madison Square Garden two more times this series.
The Rangers made a slight change to their defensemen lineup in Game 4, taking Game One hero Tanner Glass out of the lineup. In Game 5, the Canadiens will be shaking up their defensemen.
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Defenseman Alexei Emelin is expected to make his series debut tonight. Emelin missed the first four games of the series because of a lower-body injury suffered April 4th against the Buffalo Sabres. His status would be determined after the morning skate, and all indications are that he will suit up.
"“I feel good and I’m ready,” Emelin said. “Just [a] game-time decision.”"
During the morning skate, Emelin was seen skating with Nathan Beaulieu, which could indicate that Emelin will be on the third defensemen pairing tonight. Brandon Davidson, who was replacing Emelin, was seen skating with Michael McCarron and Andreas Martinsen, who are both expected to not play.
Coach Claude Julien is excited to get Emelin back into the lineup.
"“He’s a rugged defenseman who plays hard,” Julien said. “He’s a defenseman that you don’t like playing against, and that’s the part I think we missed with him not being in our lineup. … I think our team has done a good job, but definitely when he goes in there, I know that coaching against him our players kept their heads up when he was on the ice.”"
The defense has not been the biggest problem for the Canadiens in this series, but the Rangers are capable of scoring in chunks. Will Emelin help keep them in check, or can the Rangers take advantage of his rustiness and take another road game at the Bell Centre?
We will have to watch and find out. Here is all the information you need to watch Game 5 between the Rangers and Canadiens tonight.
Date: April 20th, 2017
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stadium: Bell Centre
TV Info: USA, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG
Live Stream: NBCSports.com