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Rangers v Canadiens Game 5 – NHL Betting Preview

Posted by Chuck Barrett on 5/27/2014 9:37:39 AM

New York Rangers (-108) at Montreal Canadiens (-102)

Rangers Lead Series 3-1

The Rangers can make their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994 tonight with a win in Montreal.

It's now or never for the Canadiens. It's been a great run and the Habs are hoping to make it an even longer one.

One thing Montreal must do is get an early lead in Game 5. Believe it or not they have only had a lead in this series against the Rangers for a total of 2-minutes-and-50-seconds. In the first two rounds against Tampa Bay and Boston they created lots of leads and held on to them. This just goes to show that they are not really built to chase a lead and need to come out shooting tonight.

The Canadiens can build some moral that they know how to comeback. Down 3-2, in their last series versus Boston, they won the last two games. Captain, Brian Gionta shared his thoughts on making a 3-games-to-1 comeback. "It's no secret: you start doing the right things, you start getting rewarded for it and momentum builds. You keep carrying that. A couple of teams have been able to do that this year, the Kings and the Rangers. So it's not something that can't be done and with the group we have in here, we believe we can do it. And we believe we've got better as the series goes on."

One guy that can help the Habs push back at the Rangers is their left winger, Thomas Vanek. He hasn’t been all he can be, which is an enforcing scorer. Some early production from him will go a long way tonight.

The Bell Centre in Montreal will be rocking, trying their best to keep the Rangers from going 13-1 when they are up 3-games-to-1 in playoff situations. NHL playoff betting usually has the home team as favorites, but tonight it is almost even; the Rangers -108 and the Canadiens -102.

* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds. rangers-v-canadiens-game-five-2014-playoff-preview


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