Any hockey fans who complained about the lack of Game 7s in the first round can not complain.
Two string will be decided at a Game 7 on Wednesday night — the Penguins and Capitals, followed with the Oilers and Ducks. But who cares? What bettors need to know is: Who is gont win?
Both home teams are preferred (Caps opened -175, Ducks opened -120) which should be no surprise. History states the house side wins 58.4% of their time for a record of 97-69 going back to 1939.
Since Anaheim buh-lows in Game 7s in the home, well, the Ducks are hated by history, seemingly. Which brings me Big Factor No. 1. Anaheim has dropped four of them in a row. Over the previous four years. Perhaps we’ll blame all those reductions on head coach Randy Carlyle?
“It’s not the same group and I wasn’t here so don’t pin any of those losses on me,” he told reporters after Game 6.
Over in Washington, the Capitals are big faves after winning two straight games. The cost for Game 5 favored them in Washington when they won 4-2.
Momentum is a big component here but curiously a guy named Justin Williams is really major Factor No. 2. You see, Williams is Mr. Game 7 himself.
That is a genuine nickname for him, I’m not trying to be cute. That’s because Williams has seven goals and seven assists in seven Game 7s. Oh yeah — and he’s won all seven of’em. This will be his first Game 7 in his second season with the Capitals, though.
May not look like much out there will take the Caps because of it but I guarantee you a great deal of baseball players. If you go that route you might want to be careful.
Faves are 14-51 against the spread before Tuesday night’s action.
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