NHL Eastern Conference Finals - Game 7 Free Picks

Wednesday will be a big night in the hockey world. Game 7 between the Capitals vs Lightning. This series has been one of the most entertaining match-ups in this year's playoffs. Will Ovechkin finally make his first Stanley Cup appearance or will those big moves the Lightning made at the trade deadline pay off? The game will be played in Tampa's home arena.

Lightning

The Lightning had their chance to clinch the series in Washington but were shutout in Game 6 by a score of 3-0. They were strongly outplayed in each zone of the ice. This time around, they'll have the home fans to support them. They've only won one game this series on home ice, though.

The Lightning have been here before as only a few years ago they defeated the Rangers in a Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. They will need a lot from Stamkos and Kucherov if they are to pull this one off. Their defense, which I think is better than Washington's, will have to come up big in order to hold the Capitals' high powered offense.

Capitals

The big question everyone has is 'will this finally be Ovechkins year?'. The Capitals didn't make the trade deadline splash this year and it has paid off. That, along with Ovechkin scoring some big goals, has gotten them to this point. Game 6 was controlled by Washington. Holtby came to play and shut out the Lightning. He will need to come up big in Game 7 because the Lightning will undoubtedly show up after a disappointing Game 6.

FINAL VERDICT

I see this being a high scoring game. The home ice advantage should play a big role in seeing the Lightning advance. The Stamkos and Johnson line will be too much for the Caps to handle and that defense should help Vasilevskiy hold onto the victory. Look for the Lightning power play to get it clicking in this game. Your 2018 Eastern Conference Champs will be the Tampa Bay Lightning!

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