NY Rangers at Montreal Game 2 NHL Playoffs Lines & Pick

Posted by Aaron . on April 13, 2017 in

The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens square off in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal round on Friday night. The Rangers won the opener in Montreal, 2-0, behind 31 saves from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and a first-period goal from Tanner Glass. Will the Rangers have the same luck in Game 2? Let’s check out the latest NHL lines for this playoff matchup.

NY Rangers at Montreal Game 2 NHL Playoffs Lines & Pick

When: Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:00pm ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal
Radio: New York / Montreal
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NHL Odds: Montreal at -1½

Why should you bet on the Rangers?

The Canadiens came out with all sorts of momentum in the opener, firing 16 shots on Lundqvist. However, he turned all of them aside, while it only took the Rangers three shots to solve Carey Price, as Glass (a fourth-line winger) grabbed a loose puck after a face-off and sent it top shelf. You can expect Montreal to come out with more hustle along the boards in Game 2, but it would be hard for Price to play much better than he did in Game 1, as the second goal was an empty-netter with Price on the bench for a sixth skater. New York showed none of the defensive issues that they did at times during the regular season, and Lundqvist did not have any of the problems that he usually has with the Habs.

Why should you put your money on the Canadiens?

Montreal won all three matchups against New York in the regular season — all with Price and Lundqvist in goal. In fact, over the last two regular seasons, the Canadiens have owned the Rangers when Price was in goal. According to Canadiens coach Claude Julien, his team only needs to change “little details” to up their game, recognizing that it only takes a bounce or two to send momentum the other way. If the Rangers don’t do as good a job swatting away rebounds in front of Lundqvist in Game 2, the Canadiens should have a lot more chances to score.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think the Blueshirts have a sky-high ceiling, but I don’t see Price and the Canadiens dropping two in a row at home. I predict a 2-1 Montreal win in Game 2.