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Canadiens - Rangers preview - 05-17-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Canadiens vs. Rangers

Canadiens Leading Postseason Scorer: P.K. Subban (right), 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists).

Rangers Leading Postseason Scorer: Brad Richards (below), 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists).

Canadiens Expected Starting Goaltender: Carey Price, 8-3, 2.15 GAA, .926 SV%.

Rangers Expected Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, 8-6, 1.99 GAA, .931 SV%.

Canadiens Postseason Statistics

Rangers Postseason Statistics

Canadiens Injuries: Center Alex Galchenyuk ("lower body") is out.

Rangers Injuries: None.

Canadiens with Stanley Cup bling: Brian Gionta, RW; Travis Moen, LW; George Parros, RW.

Rangers with Stanley Cup bling: Brad Richards, C; Martin St. Louis, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Canadiens: The Canadiens lead the NHL in goals per game in the postseason at 3.27.

Something worthwhile about the Rangers: The Rangers have the worst faceoff winning percentage in the postseason at 46.3 percent.

Something useless about the Canadiens that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The last Canadiens player to score an overtime goal in a home playoff game was former Penguins right winger Tom Kostopoulos in a 4-3 win against the Flyers in Game 1 of a 2008 Eastern Conference semifinal.

Something useless about the Rangers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The only postseason series the Rangers have every won in which they came back from a 3-1 series deficit was the second round in 2014.

Former Penguins on the Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, general manager; Jean-Jacques Daigneault, assistant coach; Douglas Murray, D; Michel Therrien, head coach.

Former Penguins on the Rangers: Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo is a former Penguins draft pick but never played for the organization at the NHL level); Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Dominic Moore, C; Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach; Glen Sather, general manager.

Who needs to be the difference for the Canadiens: Brendan Gallagher, Thomas Vanek, etc. The Canadiens have a lot of tricky little players who are net-front presences. They need to make life difficult for the Rangers near the cage.

Who needs to be the difference for the Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist. He needs to steal goals and games for the Rangers to win this series.

Best Canadiens YouTube Video We Could Find: Canadiens right winger Claude Lemieux's overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Rangers in Game 3 of a 1986 Wales Conference final:

Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: Rangers' left winger Stephane Matteau's goal in double overtime in a 2-1 win against the Devils in Game 7 of a 1994 Eastern Conference final:

EN Prediction: The Rangers fed off the emotion of St. Louis' personal tragedy against the Penguins and won that series. That will wane as this series progresses and the Canadiens' superior depth will win out. Canadiens 4-2.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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