While the first 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs competition has also included as many explosions as we would like, it has also delivered at least three games, a “very difficult meeting”.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Saturday will be the first time since Apr. 30, 2014, that there will be three Game 7 games on the same day, and it will also be the first time in NHL history that two 7 games can be played by Canadian teams on the same day.
To help you prepare for the Boston Bruins-Carolina Hurricanes (4:30 pm ET, ESPN), Tampa Bay Lightning-Toronto Maple Leafs (7pm ET, TNT) and the Los Angeles Kings-Edmonton Oilers (10pm ET, ESPN), we break the winning strategy for each team, identifying X items in all three competitions and predicting the final.
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Goalkeepers: Brad Marchand, Bruins (4G | 7A)
Tony DeAngelo, Hurricanes (1 G | 7 A)
Best route to Boston: The good news for the Bruins here is that they have nothing to lose. Carolina has been a very good team throughout this series. They were the highest quality seed to go through. However Boston still has a chance to get past them.
All the trouble is on Carolina to play in Game 7. The Bruins just come out to play. And that will be a major force for the Bruins. They have the old talents of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He has a talent for directing the goals of David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall. He has some solid goals from Jeremy Swayman, as well as a backlash led by Charlie McAvoy’s talent. To win Game 7, Boston must be the only one. – Shilton
Carolina’s success strategy: This is why regular weather is important. The hurricane returns to Raleigh lashing out at their wounds, but knowing they control the Bruins on ice at home in the series.
He won 15-4, but most of all, he scored faster and more frequently. Carolina had a 2-0 lead, 3-0 and 4-0 in their respective victories. He has picked up minimum penalties for all three home games. They have achieved good intentions, as Antti Raanta has a .974 percent save in Raleigh. They can get the matchups they want against the two main lines of the Bruins. “Obviously at home you get the last change, which is rewarding. But you have to keep coming back to play,” said defender Jaccob Slavin. With the sheer number and dangers of home fans, they have come to play. – Wyshynski
Shilton’s X factor: This can lead to goliting. Carolina played the entire series without striker Frederik Andersen. Raanta has been fine without him, and Swayman has been good since taking over Linus Ullmark. Swayman is riding on a Game 6 victory, and that confidence can surpass the Bruins.
Wyshynski X factor: Matching lines. Coach Rod Brind’Amour waved a white flag in Boston when it came to removing Sebastian Aho from the Bruins team of Bergeron and Marchand. The Bruins made one last change, and Bergeron played most of his minutes against the top line of the Hurricanes. In their last three matches, Carolina felt the Jordan Staal line-up against Bergeron and Marchand, and removed Aho from them. Do this again, and you can be the Aho line is the difference in Game 7.
Final prediction: Shilton: 3-2 Bruins
Wyshynski: 5-3 Hurricane
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Goalkeepers: Nikita Kucherov, Mphezi (2G | 6A)
Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs (4G | 4A)
Success route to Tampa Bay: The Maple Leafs are able to talk about everything they want to be the best team on the list and their past failures – not to win a series of games since 2004 – have been buried in the past. But with Game 7. By Toronto Maple Leafs. This was the first time that Lightning had planted the seeds of doubt in the minds of their enemies and saw the twisted limbs sprout from them.
Wisely, Lightning should play very hard in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy and will not allow Masamba to score as many goals in a row as quickly as he did in the last two games. The path to success is clear. It already burns with Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn and Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning won Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final last season. Leafs 0-8 in Auston Matthews / Mitch Marner had a chance to defeat their opponents. – Wyshynski
The road to success in Toronto: The recent tragic history of The Leafs’ failure to progress in the playoffs should be enough motivation to get the job done in Game 7. Toronto were a very good team in Game 6. Losing in extra time was a hard pill to swallow due to the number of chances. they had. Vasilevskiy was amazing in the net, and Toronto will expect the same in Game 7. Certainly Lightning has proven over the past two years that it knows how to win on the big stage.
However Toronto has shown Tampa more frequently than the list. Vulnerable players – Matthews, Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares – have all contributed greatly to the last two games. Jack Campbell is back on the net. If the Leaves can only keep things as they are, and challenge a little Vasilevskiy with cars in front, they have a chance to move on. – Shilton
Shilton’s X factor: It is not so much a player as it is a skill to deal with a problem. The list is defined by a major change – major. With so-called punishments, and no. Luckily he caught it, and missed. Tampa has a Stanley Cup lineup here, but Toronto should not allow this to scare them. Campbell has a sub-.900 saving percentage in this series (.893) – as well as Vasilevskiy (.885). Almost everything so far has been the same. Game 7 will be decided in favor of a team that can be calm, cool and take a long time.
Wyshynski X factor: In all of the 17-0 lightning strike after the postseason loss, the Maple Leafs had to break another distraction to advance to the next round (eight straight losses in a game that could have won them several.). Vasilevskiy has closed out Tampa Bay’s last five wins, including two Stanley Cup victories. Let’s be real: He hasn’t been the best in the series, with .885 percent behind a loose defense. But when Lightning almost closed, he slammed the door on several rows in the past.
Final prediction: Shilton: Maple Leaves 4-2
Wyshynski: 4-3 (OT) Maple Leaves
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Goalkeepers: Adrian Kempe, Kings (2G | 4A)
Connor McDavid, Oilers (3G | 9A)
The road to success in Los Angeles: “The first goal to win” is one of the highlights of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it certainly applies to the series. In the three victories of the Kings, they struck first; in their three losses, they have not. The first conquest allows the Kings to settle in their defenses. Leading directing builds a safety net while Connor McDavid undoubtedly finds Edmonton.
But to win Game 7, they will need two things. First, to elevate their competition to join the Oilers, who were the best team in the 5-on-5 in Game 6. Also, they will need someone to advance to be a distinctive discriminator. Trevor Moore had three points in his Game 1. win. Carl Grundstrom had three points in his Game 4 victory. – Wyshynski
Edmonton’s success strategy: Give the puck to Connor McDavid. Just laugh (so). The Edmonton stars carried the day list, however, from McDavid (12 points) to Evander Kane (seven goals) to Leon Draisaitl (eight points). The big names need to show up again, against a team of Kings that has the most destructive power and the ability to shut down defensively.
And there is Jonathan Quick, who has been the most revealing and disruptive part of the series. The Oilers love to create racing opportunities, but the fast-paced production that is uncomfortable with the amount of traffic and dedication to the surrounding game can pay off quickly. Closing the final game of each series is a marathon try. Oilers should treat Game 7 as follows. – Shilton
Shilton’s X factor: Phillip Danault. How well have you been for the Kings in this series, and the whole season, really? He has repeatedly frustrated Oilers with a tough defense game. Danault does everything for LA, whether it’s winning key faceoffs, scoring goals on time or fighting for good pucks. He is the definition of a difference maker, capable of changing Game 7 in favor of LA.
Wyshynski X factor: Does Quick have some very old systems in him? The Kings goaltender fought in all of their victories, including a 31-save Game 4 that made this possible. While we do not expect such an effort in the game, Quick is the true meaning of the X factor. If he is, he will be different.
Final prediction: Shilton: 4-3 Kings
Wyshynski: 3-2 Kings