NHL Playoff Schedule 2017: Stanley Cup Dates, Game Times for Updated Matchups – Bleacher Report

The Montreal Canadiens need Max Pacioretty to start scoring against the Rangers.Tom Mihalek/Associated Press

The New York Rangers finally won a game on their home ice, and now they go back north of the border with a chance to take the lead in their series against the Montreal Canadiens.

The series between the two Original 6 teams is tied at 2-2, and the Rangers rebounded nicely in Game 4 with a 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden. New York had lost its previous six home playoff games.

The Rangers won the series opener at the Bell Center and were seconds away from a 2-0 lead there until Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec tied the game and Alexander Radulov won it in the extra period.

The pivotal fifth game will feature the Rangers’ speed and agility against the Canadiens’ strong defensive game and ability to counter New York’s offensive thrusts. Here’s a look at the full first-round schedule

While both teams have premier-level goaltending, the presence of Carey Price gives Montreal a slight edge over Henrik Lundqvist. The Habs don’t leave a lot of openings in the neutral zone or their own zone, and any misplay by the Rangers can lead to a Montreal counterattack.

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New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens

Series tied, 2-2

7 p.m.

USA

Montreal

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh, 3-1

7 p.m.

NHL Network

Pittsburgh

Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators

Nashville, 3-0

8 p.m.

NBCSN

Nashville

San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers

Series tied, 2-2

10:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Edmonton