New York Islanders force Game 7
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Game 6, Detroit Red Wings Take On Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. ET
The Red Wings lead the series 3-2 and the Lightning have an uphill task as they must beat them come Monday night for them to force a Game 7. The amazing thing is that, were it not for the late drama we witnessed at Game 4 where the Lightning put in 3 late goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit, then five games would have been enough to see an end to the season already.
With a much disciplined defence, Red Wings’ goalie, Petr Mrazek has been at his best so far which justifies all the credit that he has been receiving. This means that the Lightning offensive play has to be at its best if they are to get past the Red Wings defence and their impressive goalie. Apart from Tyler Johnson with 4 goals in 5 games, no one else in Tampa Bay has really found their scoring ways. Steven Stamkos is yet to score in the series and the match up against Pavel Datsyuk could mean that the spell might continue given that that battle has never real gone right for the Lightning.
The story over at Red Wings is a totally different one as they have a good attack with 9 players having at least a goal each and 13 of them with at least 2 points each. This is the pick; Red Wings 4 Lightning 2.
Game 7, New York Islanders at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET
The series is tied at 3-3 as the New York Landers and the Washington Capitals play their game 7 Monday night. When your favourite team is playing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it means more than two-and-a-half hours of madness. This match up is going to be very intense physically if the first round is anything to go by.
The last time the Islanders advanced to the second round of the post-season is back in the 1992-1993 season. 14 times, they have missed the playoffs and lost 6 times in the first round for the times they did qualify. As much this could be the best chance for them to qualify again, the Washington are still very strong offensively and they have a top class goalie who knows what it takes to win games at the top level. Given that the Capitals will be looking to put a disappointing post-season behind them, the pick is Capitals 3, Islanders 1.
The Main Stars
Our first star is Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals who despite having a disappointing Game 6 will be looking to bounce back.
Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is one of the best players in the game and he has been doing a great job for the Red Wings both offensively and defensively.
Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings’ goalie is expected to continue impressing and making a big impact on his team’s performance as they face the Lightning.