MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens host the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series at Bell Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN, MSG).
Here are 5 keys for Game 1:
1. Price vs. Lundqvist
Price missed most of the Canadiens' previous playoff series against the Rangers with a knee injury sustained in Game 1 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, which New York won in six games. Price and Lundqvist each are capable of carrying their respective teams deep into the playoffs.
"We all know that both teams are facing good goaltenders so it's going to be important for us to find ways to get pucks past them," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said after an optional morning skate in Brossard, Quebec.
2. Managing Bell Centre fans
The Canadiens will have a capacity crowd squarely behind them when they take to the ice at Bell Centre on Wednesday. Montreal's fans will be amped up and the atmosphere will be charged at the drop of the puck.
The Rangers will take whatever opportunities they can to quiet the crowd and ward off the Canadiens' home-ice advantage. Montreal will face the challenges of focusing on its game plan and not getting carried away by the crowd's enthusiasm.
"They have speed, we have speed, you know, two great goaltenders, and it's definitely an interesting Original Six matchup," Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk said. "So there's going to be a lot of excitement."
3. Feel the power
The Rangers' power play went 13-for-38 (34.2 percent) during New York's final 15 regular-season games. New York will have to make the most of its opportunities against Montreal, the least-penalized team in the NHL after Claude Julien took over as coach on Feb. 14.
Montreal's penalty-killers maintained an 88.4 percent success rate under Julien, who guided the Canadiens to a 16-7-1 finish after succeeding Michel Therrien.
4. Canadiens retooled for postseason
Defenseman Jordie Benn and forwards Dwight King, Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen, each acquired by Montreal prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, will dress Wednesday. Their presence bolstered the Canadiens lineup and added depth, experience and grit to a roster general manager Marc Bergevin has made bigger and tougher.
"They've got some physical players," Rangers forward Tanner Glass told the New York Daily News after practice Tuesday. "Even the guys that aren't real big are pretty physical players, guys like [Brendan] Gallagher and [Andrew] Shaw. Those guys are physical players that invite conflict and confrontation."
5. Sharing the wealth
The Rangers roll four lines, contributing to an offense that ranked fourth in the League with 253 goals. Julien moved Galchenyuk onto the Canadiens' fourth line with Ott and Martinsen in a bid to spread out his offense.
"He's going to be playing against different [defensemen], he's going to be playing against different forwards," Shaw said of Galchenyuk. "I feel like he's going to have the puck a lot and that's something he's really good with. He makes plays, he's confident with the puck, he makes great moves, and it's going to free up some room for him out there."
Rangers projected lineup
Canadiens projected lineup
Alex Galchenyuk -- Steve Ott -- Andreas Martinsen
Andrei Markov -- Shea Weber
Jordie Benn -- Jeff Petry
Injured: Alexei Emelin (undisclosed)
Raanta will back up Lundqvist despite missing what would have been his final start of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday because of a bone bruise to his right knee. "The doctors said nothing else could happen," Raanta told the New York Post. "Going to have to suck it up and play with the pain." ... Pacioretty took part in the morning skate and will play after taking a stick to the face during practice Tuesday.
Stepan had seven points (four goals, three assists) in his final eight regular-season games. ... Lehkonen had six points (four goals, two assists) in his last four regular-season games.
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