The Washington Capitals have allowed the New York Rangers back into their Eastern Conference semifinal, but Alex Ovechkin guarantees that Washington will win Game 7 this Wednesday (7:30 PM ET, CBC). It’s a bold statement; the Rangers have won back-to-back games to tie this series, and at press time, they’re 8/5 favourites to win the East. The Capitals are 4/1.
Ovechkin’s guarantee may be non-binding, but at these odds, Washington might be worth a bet. Each game of this series has been decided by one goal, including Sunday’s 4-3 victory by the Rangers (+103 away). In fact, every single New York win in these playoffs was by the slimmest of margins, leaving the Blueshirts down five betting units against the puck line at 3-8 ATS.
Washington supporters won’t have to worry about eating chalk in Game 7. However, the Capitals power play is a point of concern. After leading the NHL during the regular season with a 25.3-percent success rate, the Caps are just 3-for-25 (12.0 percent) on the man advantage during the postseason. And Ovechkin himself has been held without a point in four straight contests after finding the back of the net in Games 1 and 2.
PICK: Rangers -163