NHL Game 7’s Handicapper Preview and Free Picks

NHL Game 7’s Handicapper Preview and Free Picks

For the first time in the 2017 NHL Playoffs we are going to get a Game 7. The best part is we’re getting not 1, but 2 game 7’s the same night. The NHL Game 7 is always must see TV for the sports and betting junkie. When it comes to the betting angle of Game 7’s it’s human nature to come to a quick conclusion that the Home team has the advantage. But in the world of NHL hockey where its better to have a hot goalie than the home crowd behind you it’s just not the case. If you like to look at past stats to give you an idea of how recent game 7’s have gone we’ve got them for you. In the last 5 seasons of the the NHL Playoffs (2012-2016) there has been 26 Game 7’s which is about 1 in 3 series played during that time. Here are the home team records and combined goals in those games for totals purposes.

Total Games Home Team Record 5 Total Goals or Less6 Total Goals Or MoreGame 6 winners also win Game 7
2612-1462016

Let’s take a look at both Game 7’s on Wednesday night and give you our Free Picks on both totals and some free picks from other Top NHL Handicappers.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals

Pittsburgh +150  Washington -170  O/U 5.5

After losing the first 2 games at home the consensus was the Washington Capitals were done. They showed signs of life after a game 3 win on the road but immediately went down 3-1 and were again “DONE” Well after winning the last 2 games not only are the Capitals not done, they are heavy favorites to win game 7 at home and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. These 2 teams have tremendous offenses and have not disappointed in this series. There has yet to be a game with under 5 goals but with the total set squarely at 5.5 for each game, the total record in this series is 3-3. In Game 7 we expect the Capitals to try and play fast like they have the last 2 games. The only difference is Pittsburgh has to change their approach in this game and not play the free wheeling approach as well. They are the more tired and injured team and they know they can’t win a shootout at this point of the series. They will play a defensive strategy in this game and try to win a low scoring game. Look for this game to be the first one in the series with under 5 goals. THE PICK: UNDER 5.5

 

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks

Edmonton +105  Anaheim -125  O/U 5.5

In probably the best series that no one is talking about The Anaheim Ducks also dropped the first 2 games at home and looked done. They then rattled off wins in Edmonton and one at home to look like they would close out the series themselves. After Edmonton scored 7 goals in a Game 6 beat down of the Ducks we have a coin flip situation in Game 7. Generally Game 7’s are played tight and no one wants to make mistakes which leads to 2-1 games. This series is different. The speed these games are being played with are amazing and the goalies can’t hold these offenses down. 6 of the 7 games have not only gone Over, they have gone WAY OVER with 7+ goals scored. Look for more of the same in this Game 7. This is going to be a classic. We may even see it go to Overtime tied at 3 or even 4. Take The Over. THE PICK: OVER 5.5

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