5 X-Factors in Montreal Canadiens' NHL Playoff Series vs. Rangers

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5 X-Factors in Montreal Canadiens' NHL Playoff Series vs. Rangers
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Thomas Vanek needs to find his game.

The Montreal Canadiens have put themselves in a difficult situation in their NHL playoff series versus the New York Rangers. Home-ice advantage is long gone, and they face a 2-0 series deficit in the Eastern Conference Final. 

Let's be honest: The odds are against a Canadiens comeback. According to NHL.com, teams who trail 2-0 in a series have won just 12.7 percent of the time. It hasn't been done in a conference final since 1991, when the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Boston Bruins

Montreal also has to overcome these odds without their No. 1 goalie, Carey Price.

It won't be easy, but it's also not impossible. A win in Game 2 makes this a brand new series. Two wins in New York and anything can happen. 

There are a few wild cards that could help the Canadiens in their comeback efforts. Their abilities to contribute at the front and back ends could translate to Montreal wins.

Here are five X-factors in the Montreal Canadiens' NHL playoff series versus the New York Rangers. 

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