NHL Playoff betting news… The Capitals have become a victim to slow starts, a poor power play and a hot goaltender en route to a Game 7 showdown on Wednesday night. The Capitals are suddenly a team with a ton of pressure on it. The Capitals can take a lot of blame for not ending this series earlier but they can also take some solace in knowing that they were the better team in Games 5 and 6, directing a total of 92 shots against the hot Halak.
This series will be won or lost for the Canadiens because of one man, Jaroslav Halak. He has stopped 90 of the 92 shots directed at him during the Habs` two game winning streak. He might be inside the heads of the Capital players who have thrown everything at him but have come up empty handed in win column.
Capitals is -1 1/2 (+200) favorite with a total of 6-U (-120) at SBGGlobal.com Sportsbook.
The first period of Game 7 will be crucial Wednesday night. If the Canadiens can jump out to another early lead, the pressure on the Capitals might prove insurmountable. If the Capitalss somehow have a good start, it will force the Canadiens to play catch up, which is not exactly their strong suit. It is hard to believe that the Capitals opened at -310 on the Moneyline. The Canadiens are clearly the more well rounded and cohesive club at the moment.
The Canadiens and Capitals Stats:
The Canadiens: 39-33-10
The Capitals: 54-15-13
The Canadiens lately:
While playing Wednesday’s they are 4-6
After playing the Capitals are 3-4
After a win they are now 6-4
The Capitals lately:
While playing Wednesday’s they are 7-3
Before playing Calgary they were 4-6
After playing the Canadiens they are 5-5
After a loss they are now 6-4
The Capitals are heavy 75.2 percent favorites over the Canadiens. The Capitals are favored as they have a +12 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 37 shots on goal vs 25 shots for the Canadiens. The Capitals goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.6% compared to the Canadiens goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 89.6%.
Hockey Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Capitals -1 ½ (EV) and the Canadiens +1 ½(-120) and the Total – Over 6 (EV) the Under 6 (-120) and the Capitals are -310 and the Canadiens are +260 on the Money Line.