The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of their first-round series tonight at Madison Square Garden. Here is all the information you need to watch.
The New York Rangers will look to close out the Montreal Canadiens in their first-round series tonight. The Rangers come into Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead, winning Game 5 at the Bell Centre in overtime to take back control of the series.
The Rangers have struggled to find success at home recently in the postseason. Their Game 4 victory snapped a six-game playoff losing streak at Madison Square Garden. They have a chance to make it two straight home wins in the postseason and avoid having to win their third game at the Bell Centre.
Power play production would be nice to see from the Rangers. They have a 3-2 series lead but haven’t taken advantage on special teams. The Rangers are 0-for-14 in the series on the power play, so they are fortunate to be leading the series at all.
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"“You need your special teams to produce and get it done,” center Derek Stepan said. “Our power play hasn’t been able to score a goal, but I look at it as a great opportunity for it to wake [up] tonight.”"
If the Rangers can find any success on special teams they would greatly improve their chance of closing out the series tonight. The Canadiens will not go easily. Any time you go up against a team with a goaltender as talented as Carey Price you will have your hands full.
The Canadiens will have to overcome the loss of Andrew Shaw if they want to continue the series. Shaw was hit hard by Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in overtime in Game 5. He played one more shift after the hit, but didn’t return after that and is now out of the lineup for Game 6.
"“It happens in playoffs; you have some injuries,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “There’s things like that that happen, and that’s why you go and get some depth, that’s why you have extra players. You insert players in that sometimes are fresh and to maybe give you what you need in order to get the results that you want."
In place of Shaw, the Canadiens are going with Michael McCarron, who will be making his postseason debut. Making a postseason debut is nerve racking enough; making it on the road in an elimination game is a totally different monster.
Will that drop off in playoff experience hurt the Canadiens? Shaw has two Stanley Cups under his belt and 72 playoff games. That type of experience can only help in an elimination game.
Date: April 22nd, 2017
Start time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: Madison Square Garden
TV Info: NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game courtesy of NHL.com
"Scratched:Andreas Martinsen, Torrey Mitchell, Nikita Nesterov, Nathan BeaulieuInjured:Andrew Shaw (upper body)First Line: Max Pacioretty — Phillip Danault — Alexander RadulovSecond Line: Artturi Lehkonen — Tomas Plekanec — Brendan GallagherThird Line: Alex Galchenyuk — Brian Flynn — Paul ByronFourth Line: Dwight King — Steve Ott — Michael McCarronFirst Defensive Pairing: Andrei Markov — Shea WeberSecond Defensive Pairing: Alexei Emelin — Jeff PetryThird Defenive Pairing: Jordie Benn — Brandon DavidsonStarting Goaltender: Carey PriceBackup Goaltender: Al Montoya"
New York Rangers
"Scratched: Adam Clendening, Kevin Klein, Steven Kampfer, Matt Puempel, Tanner GlassInjured: NoneFirst Line: Jimmy Vesey — Derek Stepan — Rick NashSecond Line: Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Pavel BuchnevichThird Line: J.T. Miller — Kevin Hayes — Mats ZuccarelloFourth Line: Michael Grabner — Oscar Lindberg — Jesper FastFirst Defensive Pairing: Ryan McDonagh — Dan GirardiSecond Defenive Pairing: Marc Staal — Nick HoldenThird Defensive Pairing: Brady Skjei — Brendan SmithStarting Goaltender: Henrik LundqvistBackup Goaltender: Antti Raanta"