Stanley Cup Playoffs: Hurricanes and Capitals Meet in Game 7

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D.S. Williamson

April 24th, 2019

After two thrilling Game 7 NHL matchups Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals will square off for a third Wednesday.

Carolina Hurricanes (+125) at Washington Capitals (-150), 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

This first-round series has followed a specific pattern. The home team has won every game. How can the Hurricanes break the home-ice advantage pattern?

Carolina appears to be most effective when they're the aggressor. The Hurricanes will want to try and overwhelm Washington goalie Braden Holtby with shots the way they did in their Game 3 and Game 6 wins.

The Capitals must again play without T.J. Oshie, who broke his collarbone and is likely out for the rest of the NHL Playoffs. Not having Oshie in the 6-0 Game 5 win didn't hurt the Caps, because both Alex Ovechkin (a goal and two assists) and Nicklas Backstrom (two goals and two assists) dominated.

The trends say that the Caps get it done, as the home team and favorite has won all six games in the series.

NHL Free Pick: Capitals -150