Apr 21 2012; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Two big Game 7's tonight. It's win or go home! The Western Conference's 2nd Round is set, all that is left is the East. So far the Eastern Conference lower seeds have all advanced, can the Senators & Devils make it a clean sweep? There's nothing like a Game 7, so it should be an entertaining night.
So far the road team has had the advantage in this series, each team going 2 & 1 away from their friendly confines. The Rangers were the superior team in the regular season, but it has looked pretty even between the 2 teams through the first 6 games. Craig Anderson has pretty much matched Henrik Lundqvist, so this game could really go either way. If New York loses, this will be only the second time since going to the 8 team seedings that both Conference #1's have failed to make it to the 2nd Round.
The "other" series has also come down to a pivotal Game 7. While probably not considered the most exciting 1st Round series, this has been a good matchup. Each team has scored 15 goals and it might all come down to who is in goal for Florida. Jose Theodore participated in practice on Wednesday, so he might be ready for action. Jason Garrison also took part in practice, but I guess we'll have to wait and see on the lineups. The strange thing is this series has been the Devils PK. For the regular season, they were #1 in PK% and shorthanded goals, but are under 70% so far in the Playoffs. Florida can capitalize if they can get on the man-advantage.
So buckle up, things might get a little testy, because it's Game 7 time!