For the 33rd time in NHL history, a Stanley Cup semifinal series is headed to a Game 7, where the home teams are 21-11.
The Lightning and Capitals meet Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in a win-or-go home game to decide who plays Vegas in the Stanley Cup final.
The Lightning is 5-2 all-time in Game 7s.
The Caps will play their NHL-high 11th Game 7 since the 2008 playoffs.
Wednesday's game is also the 172nd Game 7 in NHL playoff history.
The NHL provided a few notes on Game 7s:
– The team that scores first is 127-44 (.743), including a 1-1 mark in 2018. The Bruins beat the visiting Maple Leafs 7-4 in the quarterfinal series, and the Jets beat the Predators 5-1 in Nashville in the Western Conference semifinals.
– Home teams own a 100-71 (.585) advantage, including a 1-1 record in 2018.
– Forty-one Game 7s have required overtime (24.2%). Home teams have a 21-20 edge.
The Lightning's Game 7 history
2004 Eastern Conference final 2-1 W vs. Flyers
2004 Stanley Cup final 2-1 W vs. Calgary
2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals 1-0 W at Penguins
2011 Eastern Conference final 1-0 L at Bruins
2015 Eastern Conference quarterfinals 2-0 W vs. Red Wings
2015 Eastern Conference final 2-0 W at Rangers
2016 Eastern Conference final 2-1 L at Penguins