Before the game is played, let’s take a look at the series’ statistical leaders.
Hurricanes Most Valuable Player: Warren Foegele
Foegele has, in some ways, been keeping the Hurricanes in this series. He is leading Carolina in both goals and points at this point. Having not made the playoffs since their 2009 run that fell flat, their backs were against the wall. Foegele tied the game in the most recent game, game 6, en route to a much-needed victory. His worst game was everyone’s worst game for Carolina all series, game 5, where they were stomped: 6-0.
After a quiet first two games, Foegele came out strong in game 3, scoring 2 goals to open the game, and assisting on another one in the third. In game 4, he scored the opening goal in Carolina’s 2-0 win. Foegele then added another goal in the strong game 6 performance by Carolina’s whole team. He has shown himself to be a leader in this series, but the entire roster has performed at a very high level.
Capitals Most Valuable Player: Nicklas Backstrom
Backstrom has 8 points on the series, the most on his team during this stretch of six games. He also leads the team in total goals, with 5. During game one, he opened the scoring and then added on, making it 2-0. Washington went on to win the game 4-2. He then opened the scoring again in game 2, a game which ended up seeing Washington win 4-3 in overtime. After a forgettable game 3 for his entire team (A 5-0 Hurricane blowout), Backstrom had another quiet game in game 4, in which Carolina managed a 2-1 win.
Backstrom’s best game by far was game 5, where Washington was able to redeem themselves after two straight losses. He seemed to regain the dominance that had left him, scoring 2 goals and assisting on as many. In fact, there were only two goals scored in the game that he was not involved in, and one was a penalty shot. Along with the other leaders on the team, Backstrom has helped the Capitals continue their trend of excellence of late, but they still have work to do in game 7.
Be sure to tune in to game seven tomorrow. Puck drop is at 6:30 central time in Washington. With this series having been a back and forth affair, game seven promises to be nothing but excitement!