The 2014 NHL live stream and TV coverage for the NHL Eastern Conference finals gets underway Saturday afternoon when the New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line. This match-up of these two Original Six teams should be one of the best postseason match-ups this year. The NHL live stream action in the Western Conference will feature Chicago taking on the LA Kings/Anaheim Ducks winner.
According to an ESPN report on May 16 the best-of-seven series will open in Montreal and you can bet the crowd will be at a fever pitch. The last time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup was back in 1993 when they defeated the LA Kings 4-1. Not only has it been 21 years since Montreal hoisted the Cup, but they are also the last Canadian team to do so. You can bet that all of Canada will behind the Habs to bring the Cup back to its native Country.
These teams are both full of star power, but this series may just come down to which goaltender shines brighter. Henrik Lundqvist has been great for New York. Boasting a 1.99 goals against average and a 93 save percentage, Lundqvist has been outstanding during the Rangers playoff run.
On the other side Montreal's Carey Price has been just as good. With an 8-3 record so far this postseason, Price was a big reason the Canadiens knocked off the No. 1 overall seeded Boston Bruins.
As for who is favored to win this series, that seems to be a matter of opinion. Don't ask Montreal coach Michel Therrien who the favorite is to win - he doesn't want to hear about it!
"The favorite? That's a media game," Therrien said Friday. "You go in the New York paper, and they're the favorite. You go in the Montreal paper, we're the favorite. I'm not paying too much attention to those things. My only focus is to make sure today that we met with our players, and it's about tomorrow.
Well like it or not coach Therrien, your Canadiens are the favorite to advance to the Stanley Cup. Las Vegas odds makers have Montreal listed at -145 to win their series against the Rangers with the comeback on New York at +125.
Vegas sports books also have the Canadiens favored to win Game 1 at -135 with the over/under total listed at 5. Home ice in this series may not be as big as fans think. Both of these teams have proven they can win on the road this postseason.
Fans can catch Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference series nationally on NBC and streaming live online through NBC Sports Extra. The game is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. ET.