by Kevin Stott | Montreal Canadians at Boston Bruins: In this lopsided series Les Habs have reeled off 13 victories in 14 games against their Original Six rival, the lone Bruins win coming in overtime (2-1) Sunday in Boston on a Marc Savard goal on a delayed penalty. The B’s have played much better the last two meetings and finally took a lead in the series by scoring first in Game 3. Boston has only held a lead against the Canadians for 17 minutes, 56 seconds this entire season in a 1-10 series record.
Expect the Canadians to bounce back in this one after two straight mediocre performances. And what was one of Montreal’s strong points through the regular season – its NHL-ranked No. 1 power play – has turned into a total flop in the postseason, going scoreless so far.
So with Boston only scoring five goals in three games, let’s not change course in this series as the teams meet for the 158th time in the postseason – the most ever in the NHL.
And with rookie Carey Price playing phenomenally in net, expect Montreal to go up 3-1 tonight. Note, teams that go up 2-0 in the NHL playoffs end up winning the series 87 percent of the time. CANADIENS.
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers (Versus TV): New York has completely dominated the season series to date (9-2) and seemed to have taken the wind out of the
Devils’ playoff sails heading into Sunday’s night’s 3-2 Devils overtime win. The only way NJ can hang with the Rangers is to shut them down on defense, putting a lot of pressure of netminder Brodeur. This series has been very low-scoring (Totals 4½) so goals are the currency of success. NY has many more guys that trade in that currency than the Jersey Boys do. RANGERS.