Montreal Canadiens vs NY Rangers Playoff Series Betting

After ousting their arch-rivals, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves favourites against the NY Rangers in the Eastern Conference final. The puck drops for Game 1 on Saturday, May 17 with an early 1pm EST start time at the Bell Centre for hockey “night” in Canada. Check out betting odds and a preview of the Montreal vs NY Rangers series here…

The odds makers see Montreal as the slight (-115) favourites over the NY Rangers. All the correct score betting odds for the series can be seen below. (Odds courtesy of Bet 365)

  • New York Rangers 4-0 +1400
  • New York Rangers 4-1 +700
  • New York Rangers 4-2 +450
  • New York Rangers 4-3 +500
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-0 +1200
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-1 +500
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-2 +450
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-3 +400

Just like the last series, this will be another matchup of Original Six teams and it figures to be an emotional affair because many players for both teams are from the Montreal area. This includes Rangers forward and Team Canada member Martin St Louis, who lost his Mother during the Pittsburgh series, causing his teammates to rally around him.

The Rangers have had trouble playing at the Bell Centre, having gone 1-7-2 in their last 10 visits to Montreal, which is why the home ice advantage for the Habs hold could prove pivotal. Carey Price has played his best hockey at home in these playoffs, going 4-1 with a 1.59 goals-against average, which does not bode well for a Rangers team that lacks offensive depth.

“Carey Price is a leader for us. He’s calm. He competes. He wants to play those games; he won the gold medal, those are demanding games, and again tonight, he was outstanding. He’s a true leader for us.” – Montreal head coach Michel Therrien

Carey Price has been sharp, and when he plays like this it seems the only way to beat him is off a deflection because he sees everything. Price will have to be on his game because this series could end up being a battle of goalie’s against New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, who has the ability to shut a team down, like he did to a Pittsburgh Penguins team that possesses some of the most talented scorers in the NHL.

Game 1 takes place Saturday, with an early 1pm EST start time. After Game 1, the Rangers team plans to attend the funeral funeral of St Louis’ mother in Montreal on Sunday.

“Marty, being who he is, was able to move the funeral to Sunday,” Vigneault said. “So, Sunday, as a team we’ll be able to attend his mother’s funeral. Hopefully, we’ll play a good game Saturday and get ready for the next one after.

Where to Bet Montreal vs NY Rangers Online

Canadians who want to bet Montreal online should check out Bet 365, who have series betting odds along with extensive betting markets for each game, such as live betting available throughout the duration of each contest. Bet 365 also offers Canadians a 100% deposit bonus up to $200.