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Thursday, April 26, 2012

NHL GAME 7 PREVIEWS

#8 Ottawa Senators at #1 New York Rangers- The Senators came into this series as huge underdogs against the Rangers, but find themselves one win away from upsetting New York.

Why Ottawa Will win- Craig Anderson the Senators goalie is notoriously streaky. He had a 41 save shutout in game 5 at Madison Square Garden, and could pull a Mike Smith and carry the Sens to the win by himself. This may be longtime Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson's last game, if Ottawa loses, as he is rumored to be retiring after this season. Look for him to be flying around the ice tonight. Ottawa is 2-1 in New York in this series, so they know they can win this game on the road.

Why New York Will Win-Rangers goalie Hendrik Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the NHL. Brad Richards was signed to a mega free agent this offseason, for games just like this. Richards has scored points in nine straight games, in which his team was facing elimination from the playoffs. The Rangers have more talent, and scoring power. New York is 3-0 at home all time in game 7's. Ottawa has lost all four game 7's they have been in.

The Pick: 2-1 in OT New York- The Rangers have history on there side. They also have the better team. Look for Marian Gaborik to produce in this game. He is due.

#6 New Jersey Devils at #3 Florida Panthers- Despite being the higher seed, the Devils were the favorites to advance to the second round. NJ finished the season with 102 points. Florida finished with 94 points, but has the home ice advantage for winning the Southeast Division.

Why New Jersey Will Win-With a loss, Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur's legendary career will likely end. The 40 year old is a free agent at the end of year, and is speculated to retire, so you know New Jersey will play it's best game of the series in front of him. The Devil's have the two best players in this series; Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise, and the more talented team overall. Florida's goalie for tonight is unknown as of this posting. Jose Theodore missed game 6 with an undisclosed injury, so the advantage in goal definitely goes to the Devils.

Why Florida Will Win-The Panthers have the home ice advantage.Florida is a much better home team than road team. Despite the fact Florida is looking to win it's first playoff series in 16 years, they have a lot of veteran players who have played in game 7's before.

The Pick: Devils 3-1. This has been a very even series so far, with each team scoring 15 goals through the first six games, but I believe the Devils will play their best game of the series so far in game 7, led by their captain, Zach Parise, and legendary goalie Martin Brodeur.

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