It all comes down to tonight in the NHL. Nothing beats a Game 7 in hockey, so how about two Game 7’s in a night? First, the epic Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals series draws to a conclusion, and in the late game the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks finish their wacky affair.
It’s been a roller coaster teams for all of these teams, and has been mighty entertaining for hockey fans to watch. There were no Game 7’s in the first-round, and now we have two in a night. I’m not complaining.
I’ll be watching the Penguins and Capitals on a flight to Vegas, so hopefully I can cash a winner at 40,000 feet. We successfully cashed another winning pick, as a late goal came through to provide us with a winner on the OVER. It puts us at 8-1 in the NHL Playoffs for the month of May, and I hope to keep it going in Vegas.
The Penguins and Capitals went to six games last year, with the Penguins coming out with a 4-2 series win. Pittsburgh went on to defeat the Lightning in the next round, en route to going to the finals and winning the Stanley Cup.
The Pens couldn’t end it in six games this time, as the Caps won in Game 6 to force Game 7 in D.C. It wasn’t even really close, as the Penguins looked like they were sleeping. Now they have some controversy to deal with, after Crosby went slamming into the boards head first.
Concussion spotters ignored it, and then there were differing answers to whether he got appropriately checked. It may not have mattered much ten years ago, but in this NHL it’s going to raise some eyebrows. Not exactly what the Penguins needed heading into Game 7. Let’s get straight to the Game 7 pick, and find a winner to advance to 9-1 on the ice in May.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Game 7 Pick
Crosby came up wobbly after hitting his head on the boards, even rubbing it on the bench. This is all after he took severe contact to his head a few days earlier. He has a history of concussions, so it makes it all the more serious.
The way it looks, though, the entire team were playing wobbly hockey. It isn’t like the Penguins, at all. However, the Pens have proven to come up big in these spots in the past, and the Capitals have failed. We’ll see if that trend continues in Game 7 tonight.
The potent Capitals’ offence answered the wake-up call the last two games, scoring 4 and then 5 goals to win 4-2 and 5-2. If Fleury is on, he’s on. If Fleury is off, he’s off. Early in the season he was carrying the Penguins, but in the last two games he’s been having problems.
There’s been an average of 6.1 goals scored per game in this series. And given their averages in the regular season, it pretty well lines up. I expect some more goals tonight, and if it comes down to it at the end, there will be some desperation by pulling the goalie early. There is no way I could lay -190 or so on the Capitals here, but I give them the edge. We’re getting + money on a bet, I feel, which looks fairly attractive. Just like last night, let’s look for another winning pick on the OVER.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (+115)