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Game 7 - Capitals at Lightning

2018 Playoff Results

The Lightning are looking for their first Stanley Cup appearance since 2015 as they return home to battle the Capitals for Game 7 on Wednesday.

The Capitals stayed alive by shutting out Tampa Bay in Game 6 at home, 3-0 after losing their first two home games in this series to the Lightning.

Tampa Bay last played in a Game 7 in 2016 as the Lightning dropped a 2-1 road decision to the Penguins. The last time the Lightning hosted a Game 7 in the playoffs came in the 2015 playoffs as Tampa Bay blanked Detroit, 2-0 to advance past the opening round.

Washington fell short to Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the conference semifinals, 2-0, while seeking its first Game 7 victory since beating the Islanders in the opening round in 2015.

The Lightning opened as -145 favorites in Game 7, while the Capitals sit at +125 at most sports books. The total is listed at 5.5, but shaded to the 'under' at -115.

Road teams have gone 36-41 in this year’s NHL playoffs, while owning a 5-6 mark in the conference finals.

There have been 169 all-time Game 7’s in the NHL Playoffs and the home squad owns a 98-71 (58.0%) record.

Recent Game 7 History

Washington
2017 Conference Semifinals - Lost to Penguins at home, 2-0
2015 Conference Semifinals - Lost to Rangers on road, 2-1

Tampa Bay
2016 Conference Finals - Lost to Penguins on road, 2-1
2015 Conference Finals - Beat Rangers on road, 2-0

The winning team in eight of the last 14 Game 7's scored just two goals, as eight of those games finished under the total.

NHL Game 7 Playoff History (2012-2018)

2018
Winnipeg Jets 5 at Nashville Predators 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at Boston Bruins 7

2017
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 at Washington Capitals 0
Edmonton Oilers 1 at Anaheim Ducks 2

2016
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 at Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Nashville Predators 0 at San Jose Sharks 5
St. Louis Blues 6 at Dallas Stars 1
Nashville Predators 2 at Anaheim Ducks 1
Chicago Blackhawks 2 at St. Louis Blues 3

2015
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 at New York Rangers 0
Chicago Blackhawks 5 at Anaheim Ducks 3
New York Rangers 2 at Washington Capitals 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 at Detroit Red Wings 0
Washington Capitals 2 at New York Islanders 1

2014
Los Angeles Kings 5 at Chicago Blackhawks 4 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 6 at Anaheim Ducks 2
Montreal Canadiens 3 at Boston Bruins 1
New York Rangers 2 at Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Philadelphia Flyers 3 at New York Rangers 4
Minnesota Wild 5 at Colorado Avalanche 4
Los Angeles Kings 5 at San Jose Sharks 1

2013
New York Rangers 5 at Washington Capitals 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at Boston Bruins 5 (OT)
Detroit Red Wings 3 at Anaheim Ducks 2
Detroit Red Wings 1 at Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 1 at Los Angeles Kings 2

2012
Ottawa Senators 1 at New York Rangers 2
Washington Capitals 2 at Boston Bruins 1 (OT)
New Jersey Devils 3 at Florida Panthers 2 (2OT)
Washington Capitals 1 at New York Rangers 2

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