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2014 NHL Draft
Posted On Friday, 05.16.2014 / 4:28 PM

By Dan Rosen and Arpon Basu -  NHL.com Staff Writers /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers coach calls Canadiens 'the favorites'

GREENBURGH, N.Y -- The question referenced preparation and nerves, if he feels any of them on the eve of the Eastern Conference Final, but New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault saw it as an opportunity to basically speak directly to the Montreal Canadiens.

"I know they went into the Boston series saying they felt Boston didn't respect them," Vigneault said. "We respect Montreal quite a bit."

So much so that Vigneault referred to the Canadiens as "the favorites," and added Montreal is "rightfully expected to win." He even said he's watched most of Montreal's 11 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but "hasn't found anything yet that I can grasp, put my hand on as far as try and exploit against this team yet."

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