Tonight is Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. After the Rangers surprisingly took the first two games in Montreal, before losing in Game 3 at home in New York City at Madison Square Garden, all of the pressure for tonight’s Game 4 is on the Rangers.
This is not only my opinion, but also a fact due to the circumstances. A Rangers’ loss in Game 4 would even up the series at two, erasing both great wins in Game 1 and Game 2 in Montreal, turn the series into a best of 3 and give all of the now growing momentum to the Canadiens.
The Canadiens may be the favorites to win this series, but in Game 4, it is Rangers’ responsibility to win on home ice and gain back a two-game series lead or face the inevitable. If the Rangers drop Game 4 tonight, you can basically kiss goodbye any chance of the Rangers advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.
This is because if you look at past history, the Rangers are historically horrible in Montreal and you can even say winning two games in a row up North was a miracle for the Rangers. That is why doing the impossible and then coming home just to hand the Canadiens back those two wins will seriously hurt the Rangers’ chances of advancing, which is why all of the pressure will be on the Rangers and not the Canadiens tonight in Game 4.