2014 NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens Have Goaltending Edge In Series vs. New York Rangers

By Steven Carollo
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers is widely considered to be one of the best active goaltenders in the NHL. That being said, Lundqvist cannot seem to ever win a game in Montreal, and unfortunately for the Rangers, they will be facing the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Lundqvist’s all-time record in the Bell Centre is 4-5-2 with a 3.87 GAA and a .876 save percentage. Now, anything can happen in the playoffs, but you would figure the Canadiens know these numbers and that they are in Lundqvist’s head, and Lundqvist without a doubt knows his inability to beat the Canadiens, especially in Montreal. So, I believe the Canadiens have a definite edge in this series.

Not only will the play of Lundqvist be a factor in this series, but so will his counterpart Carey Price, who is statistically having the best season of his career and has always dominated the Rangers. In the last two seasons against Price, the Rangers have only scored a grand total of two goals. Price has shut the Rangers out three times in that time frame.

You can disagree with me all you want, but the numbers do not lie. The numbers say in this series that with Rangers’ inability to get anything past Price, and Lundqvist’s subpar record against the Canadiens, that the Canadiens actually have the goaltending advantage over the Rangers. With that being said, it will be the Canadiens that will win this series and go to their first Stanley Cup Finals since the last time they won one back in 1993.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers and sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn, and join his Google network.

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