The Pittsburgh Penguins are hefty -200 favorites versus the Ottawa Senators in what will be their second Game 7 in a row these playoffs.
If you’re thinking fatigue might play a major factor in this one, you might want to hang on a second.
In the post-lockout era since 2006, teams coming off a Game 7 in the previous series are actually 7-5-2 (56.8%) in Game 7s in the following series. (The two pushes are because teams facing each other were coming off a Game 7 on two occasions.)
That’s pretty impressive under draining circumstances like the NHL playoffs and it also suggests it’s not all that rare.
We’ve seen 39 series go to Game 7s since 2006 and 15 of them — or almost 40 percent — have been followed by another Game 7 series.
And in case you’re wondering, teams are 17-13-9 (57 percent) in the next series after a Game 7 while home teams are 168-70 (58.4 percent) in Game 7s going back to 1939.
Here’s one more Game 7 trend to consider before you place your wager tonight: the Pens are 0-7 at home in Game 7s in franchise history after losing Game 6.
In case those numbers made you dizzy, please wait a few minutes before placing your Game 7 wager.
May puck luck be with you.
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