By Scott Taylor
Series C: Montreal Canadiens (47-26-9, 103 points) vs. New York Rangers (48-28-6, 102 points)
The Rangers have one thing nobody else has: Henrik Lundqvist in goal. However, they also have scoring spread all over the lineup. Mats Zuccarello led the team with a mere 15 goals and 59 points, but they have three 20-goal scorers in Rick Nash (23), Chris Kreider (28) and J.T. Miller (22) and 10 players who scored at least 11. Ultimately, King Henrik is the key.
Of course, Montreal has Carey Price who went 37-20-0 with a 2.23 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Max Pacioretty led the Habs with 35 goals and 67 points and had 10 players who scored at least 10 goals. These teams appear, on paper, to be evenly matched (103-102 points), but Montreal won all three meetings and won the last outing on March 4, 4-1 in New York.
Players to Watch:
New York: Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist
Montreal: Max Pacioretty, Shea Weber and Carey Price
Season Series: Montreal won 3-0.
Our Choice: Canadiens in six.