Last season, the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a home victory in Game 7. This season, the Capitals will look for a similar result (albeit, to advance to the semifinal round).
Through the first six games, the home team has won every contest. Washington held New York to a single goal through the first two games before the Rangers returned with consecutive four-goal performances in Games 3 and 4. Upon returning to Washington, the Capitals smothering defense returned and the Rangers were once again held to a single tally. In Game 6, the Rangers only managed a goal but the stellar play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his defense forced a deciding Game 7 with a shutout performance.
Will Game 7 continue the defensive nature of the series?
With the exception of the first two games in New York, this series has been predicated on defensive-awareness. Both team's have played well in their own zone and the two goaltenders have acted as a calming influence. Will this trend continue or will the team's attempt a more offensive approach?
Will the physicality at the end of Game 6 carry over?
At the end of Game 6, a line scrum broke out at the end of the contest. It wasn't a surprise given that the two clubs were set to meet on Monday for Game 7. Was this merely an isolated incident or will Game 7 have the same kind of ferocious, physical play?
How much impact will special teams have on the game?
If the previous contests are any indication, they will play a role. With the exception of Game 6 when no power play goals were scored, the team who won the special teams battle went onto win the game. Will this be the case with Game 7? Interestingly enough, the Rangers had five power play opportunities in Game 6, while the Capitals had none.
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