The Canadiens are 0-3 against the Rangers this year. Including most recently giving up a 3-0 lead at home en route to a 5-3 loss.
The Rangers have had a very up and down season, but for whatever reason pull it together when playing the Canadiens.
If the Canadiens cannot catch Ottawa and happen to finish 4th in the East they would likely play a middle of the pack team from the Atlantic Division. The Rangers are a very possible candidate for a 1st round playoff matchup. As are the Flyers who the Habs just handled fairly easily.
Expect Playoff intensity tonight. Expect Hollweg to go after Kovalev.
At this point of the season you have to believe the Canadiens realize where they stand. They know they are in a good spot, they are confident, they know they can compete with good teams.
All that’s left to do now is execute.