Tonight is a special night in the Stanley Cup playoffs with two games 7’s and each winner advancing to the Conference Finals, which is one step away from what every hockey player dreams about.
With both home teams favored against the NHL odds, what should those betting hockey be looking for?
As stated previously, Washington has not often looked or played domineering hockey in the playoffs, which many have blamed for past playoff failures. After falling behind 3-1 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 they played with enthusiasm, purpose and limited mistakes, the scoreboard would take of itself.
In Game’s 5 and 6, we saw a completely different Capitals club, one that was willing to be the aggressor and elevated 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.