There is almost nothing in sports better than a Game 7 and we've got one tonight at Verizon Center when the Washington Capitals host the New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC). This has been a great series so far, but what I'm looking for tonight isn't just who will win. We know who the Islanders are. We know they're a young team on the rise looking to make that next step. The Capitals, though, are a team that has been in the mix for years now and we're looking to see if the latest retooling is finally the right one.
This team is supposed to be different. Barry Trotz is supposed to have made this team different. The players sing his praises, but now is the time to show us. Is this team different from the ones Bruce Boudreau had that fell short? Is it different from the teams Adam Oates and Dale Hunter had that didn't match expectations? This is their chance to prove it. The Capitals have Game 7 in their building. Both teams are good, both have played well, but now is when we see if the Capitals are a different team than they used to be.