Game 5, Eastern Conference Quarter Finals
Series tied at 2-2.
Rangers vs. Canadiens -7:00 PM MSG, USA, 98.7 FM. Online streaming is available on nbcsportss.com or the NBC Sports app. Be warned, it’s not Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro anymore. It’s Chris Cuthbert and… Pee air.
The Rangers bounced back in a big way in game 4, putting forth an effort that would have seen them sporting no less than a 3-1 advantage had they put it forth over the entire series. That being said, they still only scored 2 goals, the PP is still 0 for the series, and Stepan, Hayes, Zibanejad, Miller, and especially Kreider have to be much better.
I’ll be watching tonight’s game on a delay because of parenting responsibilities. Doesn’t RR Jr. know that it’s the playoffs!? I didn’t even edit this part from the last game. Clearly, this is a HAV.
Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers, via Brett Cyrgalis (@brettcyrgalis):
Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
JT Miller-Kevin Hayes-Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Nick Holden
Brady Skjei-Brendan Smith
The big news of course is that the Rangers are sticking with the lineup that won the last game, including rookie Pavel Buchnevich, who acquitted himself well in his first career NHL playoff game. Hopefully Kreider and the rest of the zero goal club get in gear for this game. Not much else to say here. Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
For the Canadiens, defenseman Alexei Emelin will return to the lineup in place of Brandon Davidson. The 6th defenseman has been a huge hole for the Canadiens in this series, and while Emelin isn’t much, he’s got to nbe an upgrade over what they’ve been getting. The Canadiens are not expected to make any changes from game 3, having found more balance in their lineup. I’d say Emelin should beware of Kreider, but with the way Kreider has played, there are no worries about going close to the goal, especially with any type of speed or authority. No changes are expected among the forwards, but I’ll update if the line rushes show a different look.
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