Wednesday is a special night in the Stanley Cup playoffs with two games 7s and each winner advancing to the Conference Finals, which is one step away from what every hockey player dreams about.
With both Washington and Anaheim favored at home on the NHL odds on Wednesday in Game 7s vs. Pittsburgh and Edmonton, respectively, what should those betting hockey be looking for?
Will Washington's Style Be Difference?
As stated previously, Washington has not often looked or played domineering hockey in the playoffs, which many have blamed for past postseason failures. After falling behind 3-1 in the series against Pittsburgh, the inevitable seemed forthcoming. However, credit coach Barry Trotz for calling out his best players and behind closed doors he told his squad to relax and just play their game. If the guys played with enthusiasm, purpose and limited mistakes, the scoreboard would take of itself.
In Games 5 and 6, we saw a completely different Capitals club, one that was willing to be the aggressor and elevate the physical game. With Pittsburgh already battling injuries, the physical play of Washington seems to be taking a toll and all the odd-man rushes were saw in the first four contests have been curtailed. Given the playoffs history of the two teams, it will take extreme courage to back the Caps at -177 for NHL picks, nonetheless, it appears to be the right play.
Anaheim Blew Great Chance & Must Face Own Demons
The fact that Anaheim opened up as only a -125 home favorite at Bookmaker in the deciding game against an Edmonton team that had not been in the postseason for 10 years should speak volumes to those betting hockey.
However, this is an informed money line because of the Ducks' history. In the past four years Anaheim has held a 3-2 lead in a playoff series and been forced to a Game 7 on home ice before its adoring fans and lost. Edmonton was supposed to crumble after blowing 3-0 Game 5 lead at Anaheim and falling in OT, and instead they devoured the Ducks like duck soup in a 7-1 thrashing in Game 6.
This young Oilers team gives no indication the moment is too big, while Anaheim cannot help but think about being here before and what each outcome has been.Bet On NHL Futures At SBR's Sportsbooks