PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It wasn’t that prolonged ago when a Pittsburgh Penguins seemed to be good on their approach to expelling a Washington Capitals in their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
The Penguins hold a 3-1 lead in a series, though a Capitals fought off rejecting in Game 5 and afterwards dominated a Pens in Game 6.
Penguins fans might be fearing a misfortune streamer into Wednesday night’s wilful Game 7, though we found during slightest 7 reasons to trust in a Pens.
#7 – Although their offense was hold in check for many of Game 6, a Penguins are still a tip scoring group in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Pens have scored 39 goals, averaging 3.55 per game.
#6 – The Penguins have a particular descent firepower to compare any team. Evgeni Malkin is a heading scorer in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs with 18 points. Rookie Jake Guentzel picked adult his league-leading ninth playoff idea in Game 6.
#5 – It might not be as glamorous as goals, though a Penguins are excelling in a faceoff circle. They won 20 of 28 faceoffs in a initial duration of Game 6. Overall this postseason, a Pens are 5th in a NHL in faceoff win commission during 52.8 percent. The Caps are third from a bottom during 46.5 percent.
#4 – In a strife of captains, how can we not side with Sidney Crosby? He’s 3-2 over his career in Game 7s. Meanwhile, a Capitals have mislaid twice as many Game 7s as they’ve won given Alexander Ovechkin arrived in Washington.
#3 – The final time a Penguins and Capitals met in a Game 7 was 2009. The Pens prevailed on their approach to a Stanley Cup.
#2 – The Penguins have a prolonged story of harassing a Capitals. This will be a fourth time they will accommodate in a Game 7. The Pens have won all of them.
#1 – Home-ice advantage might not matter. In fact, it might play right into a Penguins’ hands. The Pens have a 5-0 highway record in Game 7s. That’s not usually a best in NHL postseason history. It’s also improved than any group in a NBA or MLB.