New York Rangers 1.92 Montreal Canadiens 3.55
Critical times for Montreal needing to execute a raid on the Big Apple to avoid facing a swift elimination on Sunday. As a result of losing both their home games to open up they've slipped out to 7.00 to win the series, It's a rare situation to come back from although they only have to look at the Anaheim Ducks in the last round who forced a Game 7 from this position.
Dustin Tokarski will once again deputise for Carey Price between the pipes and try to build on a solid performance on his playoff debut that ultimately ended in disappointment. The problem might just be the elite play of Henrik Lundqvist at the other end of the rink, in this sort of form the Swede exudes an aura of dominance that plays on the mind of a shooter. Montreal's top units are also seeing a lot of defencemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi which is clearly working for the Rangers, McDonagh in particular does the little things very well but in this series has added some offensive output that had been lacking considering the significant ice time he receives.
Each side does have injury boosts among their skater groups, enthusiastic forward Alex Galchenyuk's long awaited return for the Habs on Monday went off without a hitch apart from the result. He can do the job of sparking an offence in dire need of some vibrancy, they do a good job setting up shots from the point once set up in the offensive zone (PK Subban had 9 on Monday) however they aren't managing to break quickly to catch the Rangers on their heels. Coming back in for New York could be Derick Brassard who was forced out midway through Game 1, for chemistry purposes more than anything they'll be glad to have him suiting up to reunite a line that has provided some clutch goals.
It's been difficult to try and predict handicap victories throughout these playoffs but everything is going the way of the Rangers at the moment and unless their focus drops I can't see them dropping this advantage.
Best Bet: New York Rangers to overcome a -1.5 handicap at 2.65