History does not favor the Caps in Game 7

Josh Luckenbaugh
April 23, 2019 - 12:56 pm

If the Capitals want some extra encouragement ahead of Wednesday's Game 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes, they may not want to look at the history books. 

Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Caps are 5-11 in Game 7s, the worst winning percentage (.312) of any NHL team with at least 10 Game 7s under their belt. 

Specifically in Game 7s played on home ice, Washington is just 3-8, losing five of the last seven. 

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are a perfect 4-0 in Game 7s since relocating to Carolina from Hartford in 1997. That said, the Canes have not appeared in a Game 7 in nearly a decade, when they defeated the Bruins 3-2 in overtime on May 14, 2009. 

The Caps exorcised many of their playoff demons by winning their first Stanley Cup last season, but the possibility of more Game 7 heartbreak has Eric "EB" Bickel of The Sports Junkies feeling nervous. 

"You're damn right (I'm terrified). You want all this fun to end in the first round?" EB said Tuesday. "It could be the end of the run. I mean, here we are. We're barely getting started."

"I did (have some swagger) going into the series. Now it's all dissipated, now we're in a Game 7 and an elimination situation." 

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