The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are both set for their
second consecutive Game 7. It’s a climatic finish to the second round of the
playoffs, which has otherwise been rather anticlimactic with three of the other
four series finishing in five games or less.
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are both set
for their second consecutive Game 7. It’s a climactic finish to the second round
of the playoffs, which has otherwise been rather anticlimactic with three of
the other four series finishing in five games or fewer.
The Capitals and Rangers have alternated wins and losses
for five straight games now, as the margins between the teams have been
razor-thin. Game 7 will be the same as every other game in the series, which
has basically been a coin flip. Keep that in mind before making your picks.
The Washington Capitals can win because…
They’ve had the Rangers on their heels the entire series.
Let’s face it: the Caps three wins have been straight up, but the Rangers have needed overtime in two of their wins. In Game 5, the
Rangers needed a miracle to tie the game with six seconds left and then win it
Game 6 was a sight that’s going to make a lot of Rangers
fans nervous. The Caps scored early, outplayed the Rangers and controlled the
game for the most part. The Rangers – again – didn’t have very many good
scoring chances, and all of their shots came from the outside. As Rangers
goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said post-game, the Rangers weren’t even close
until the last 20 seconds of the game.
Washington will simply continue to do what they do and, realistically, they could have ended this series by now had they scored an
overtime goal or not blown a late lead.
In five-on-five situations, the Capitals are getting the
scoring chances and, as long as they stay out of the box and stick to their
game, they’ll have a great chance to win the series. The Rangers have scored
just nine goals in the last five games and that’s not enough to get the job
The New York Rangers can win because…
They’ve been through this before. The Rangers were pushed
to the brink by the Ottawa Senators in Round 1, playing a very similar series,
but they managed to survive with an excellent effort in Game 7. Now they just
have to do it again.
It seems like scoring first is the key to this series as
both teams would rather play a defensive style. If the Rangers can get that
first goal, they can go into defensive mode and force Washington to come out of
their shell more often, which means they’ll be taking more chances. Once that
happens, the Rangers should have a chance to pounce.
Washington has played well this series but they’ve been
aided by a good power play. The Caps have now tallied a power play goal in
three straight games and four of the last five. If the Rangers can shut that
off, they should be able to keep Washington to just one goal or so. Henrik
Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of the 13 playoff games this
season, so he’s likely to keep tight wraps on the Capitals in Game 7.
The Rangers will have to use home-ice advantage and find
a way to get the job done. That’s what they’ve done all season, even though
it’s never looked pretty.
Outlook & NHL betting prediction:
Once again, laying -140 with Rangers doesn’t make sense.
This game is going to be a coin flip, and the Capitals are going to feel very
confident. Not only are they coming off a commanding win, they also should have
won Game 5 in New York. I'm going to have disagree with fellow capper David Schwab and suggest that you take the Caps and the UNDER.
NHL Picks: Capitals & UNDER