Channel Surfing is Too Many Men On The Site’s quick guide to tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoffs action, as well as any other interesting broadcasts in the world of hockey. Included is a list of the scheduled games, game notes, as well as a pregame warm up song.
New York Rangers @ Montreal Canadiens 1:00 PM NBC [Series: Tied 0-0]
- This is the first time in 18 years that the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens are meeting in the NHL post season. During the regular season, Montreal won two of the three meetings with New York, shutting them out both times. New York also had a shutout in their lone win. With a regular season combined score of 3-1, this series is expected to be a battle between the two team’s defenses and goaltenders.
- Henrik Lundqvist has struggled at the Bell Centre, enough so that in the Rangers 1-0 win during the regular season, it was backup goaltender Cam Talbot in net for New York. Fortunately for the Rangers, Lundqvist enters the Conference Championship at the top of his game, and fresh of a dominating performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the final three games of the series with Pittsburgh, Lundqvist stopped 102 of the 105 shots he faced (a .971 SV%). [NHL.com]
- The Montreal Canadiens lead the playoffs in goals per game, averaging 3.27 goals in their 11 games. The New York Rangers have surrendered the fewest goals out of any team in the playoffs, with a goals against average of 2.14. [NHL.com]
- The second round match up between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins was marked by disrespect by both teams towards each other. Going into this round, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault only had nice things to say about Montreal, even going as far as calling them the favorites in the Conference Championship. On the Canadiens side, former Ranger Dale Weise also praised the New York Rangers organization. Brandon Prust joins Weise as a Rangers alumnus now playing on Montreal.
TMMOTS Pregame Warm Up Song:
Banner Pilot – “Spanish Reds”