Can Penguins, Ducks rebound to win Game 7?
Two animals to advance to the Conference Finals
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL betting lines to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
Two down, one to go.
It’s tougher than it sounds as the Washington Capitals look to complete an improbable comeback and defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
The Caps, who faced elimination in Games 5 and 6, head into the deciding matchup as -170 favorites on home ice, where the club has fared well throughout the post-season. The Penguins should be a little worried after missing out on a glorious opportunity to close out the series and must now head to D.C. with a battered and bruised Sidney Crosby leading the charge.
After a sizzling start to the playoffs, there’s a growing concern in the Penguins’ crease as Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-3 in his last four starts. Not all the blame can be pinned on Fleury, who is facing on average 32 Washington shots per game in this series.
Two of the last three games in this series have gone above the projected goals total. With an over/under line of 5.5 set for Wednesday night, what can we expect in Game 7?
Don’t be surprised to see this game go to overtime — something we’ve already seen early in this series. However, it’ll be the Pens that break through and head back to the Eastern Conference final for the third time in five seasons.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (+150) and the under (5.5)
The Ducks haven’t fared well in Game 7s in the past — going 2-6 overall in deciding playoff games. The club will get a chance to improve that record on Wednesday night when the Ducks host the surging Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals in Anaheim.
Despite suffering an embarrassing 7-1 loss in Game 6 in Edmonton, the Ducks enter action on Wednesday night as -125 favorites at the Honda Center. Home ice hasn’t meant as much in this series as both clubs have gone 1-2 in their respective arenas.
That’s good news for the +105 underdog Oilers, who head to California with momentum, looking to advance to their first conference final since 2006 when the club reached the championship before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes.
In a winner-take-all situation, the pressure will be on the Ducks to overcome previous disappoints and prove they’re a championship-calibre team. If there’s one area the Ducks have been owning the Oilers in this series is in the faceoff circle — winning nearly 56 percent of the draws. That will be huge down the stretch, especially when important faceoffs come into play.
The last three meetings between the Ducks and Oilers have produced over outcomes. With the total projection set at 5.5 for Wednesday night, expect a closer game with the Ducks finally snapping their Game 7 drought.
Pick: Anaheim Ducks (-125) and the under (5.5)