On Saturday afternoon, the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens meet in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals where the two teams will be looking to get the early edge in the series.
Montreal holds home ice advantage, so they will be looking to come away with wins in the first two games to ensure they don’t give the Rangers any extra confidence as the series progresses.
While this game will feature an Original Six rivalry, don’t expect to see any disrespect from the Rangers when they take the ice against Montreal with a shot at the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.
“I know they went into the Boston series saying that they felt Boston didn’t respect them. We respect Montreal quite a bit,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, via ESPN.com. “They’re not only a very strong team, but they’re a team that has beaten the No. 1 team in the NHL right now, a team that went to the Stanley Cup finals last year, a team that beat the New York Rangers in five games last year. We know that we’ve got our hands full.
“They’re the favorites. Against Tampa Bay and against Boston, they were the underdogs, they didn’t have home ice. Now, they’re going into this series very likely expected to win. Pressure does funny things to different people. I’m anxious to see how we’re going to react. I’m sure they’re anxious to see how they’re going to act.”
How can you tune into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Rangers and Canadiens on Saturday afternoon? Here is all of the information you will need to catch all of the action from the moment the puck drops:
Date: Saturday, May 17
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Venue: Bell Centre
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Series Record: Series tied, 0-0
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