The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens meet again at Madison Square Garden for game six of the Eastern Conference finals. The puck drops at 8pm ET. The Rangers lead the Candiens 3-2 in the series and can secure their place in the Stanley Cup Finals with a win tonight.
After being pulled from game five early, Henrik Lundqvist looks to silence the the “haters” and regain his post season statistics lead. His goals against average, now 2.15, was ruined after allowing four in game five. His save percentage is now .926 for the post season. With minimal scoring in game five, the Rangers don’t have much of a change in their stats coming into this game. Derek Stepan netted two goals after missing a game for surgery on his broken jaw, courtesy of Brandon Prust, for a post season total of five goals for 13 points in 18 games. Ryan McDonagh has a series total of nine points against the Canadiens with a total of 12 post season points. Eight of Chris Kreider’s 10 points have been accumulated in this series as well. Derek Dorsett will play tonight, he received no disciplinary actions for his altercation with Rene Bourque after the final horn in game six. John Moore is out serving the first of his two game suspension for the hit on Dale Weise in game five. J.T. Miller remains out of the line-up with an upper body injury after his assisted collision with the goal post in game four. Daniel Carcillo continues to await his appeal hearing with the Commissioner tomorrow.
Dustin Tokarski has made quite a name for himself this post season. He has a 2.96 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. Scoring three goals in game five brought Bourque up to a team leading eight goals for 11 points in 16 games. It was also his first ever career post season hat trick. P.K. Subban continues to lead his team with five goals for 14 points in 16 games this post season. Andrei Markov has nine assists for 10 points in 16 games; three assists and his goal came in his last three games. Alex Galchenyuk has really stepped up this post season with three points in the last three games. Alexei Emelin did not dress for game five against the Rangers and is a game time decision tonight. Weise is out with what is now being called an “unspecified injury”, thought earlier today it was called an upper body injury, as a result of the hit from J Moore. Carey Price is still out despite having practiced in full gear yesterday.
Tonight the Rangers need to play a clean, smart and fast game. Dorsett cannot get drawn into retaliation measures with Bourque and the Rangers can’t even get close enough to the Canadiens to give them the opportunity to “embellish” their way to a game seven.