Date/Time: May 13th, 8:00 PM ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
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The home team has won all six games of the NHL playoff betting series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. These two teams only have 60 more minutes to determine their fate, as this Game 7 is going to be crucial and will determine who moves onto the second round of the playoffs.
The Rangers only have two goals in their last two games, and they only have two goals scored in their three games played here at the Verizon Center thus far in the playoffs. Needless to say, the only man that has been keeping New York alive in the second season is G Henrik Lundqvist, who posted a shutout after facing 27 shots on goal on just Sunday night. Now, he is going to have to be huge for a second straight night, and he is likely going to have to be so without the help of an offense that has been rather MIA the entire second season. LW Rick Nash still doesn’t have a goal to his credit in the playoffs, and this is a postseason in which he only has a single assist to his name. That’s not going to cut it for a team that has routinely struggled at this level to score goals.
Washington fans have to be biting their nails all day long, as this one ticks closer to the decisive Game 7. Not only has this series been dominated by home teams, but it is a series in which games could have gone either way. The Capitals have had to survive two games in overtime here at home, and the last five games have all been decided by just a single goal. Washington is leading the scoring battle 12-11 in this series in spite of the fact that LW Alexander Ovechkin has now gone four straight games without a point, the longest such streak in his postseason career. G Braden Holtby has played relatively well, but virtually all of the goals that he has allowed have come in the last four games of this series. Only one forward has more than one goal on the postseason either (C Mathieu Perreault), and just two men in total has more than one goal to show for his first six games of the second season (D Mike Green).
Still, for as badly as so many players have played for the Capitals, this is still one of those games that the hosts deserve to be able to snare. Remember that the aforementioned Lundqvist is just 3-10 in 13 career postseason games that go to overtime. With as close as this series has been, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see this one get that far. Regardless, we want Washington on our side.
New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals Pick: Washington Capitals
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