What is with the number ‘7’? Why do so many consider this number lucky? Whether its going to the roulette table in Vegas, or playing the local state lottery, this number is commonly selected in in the hope of striking it rich.

There are many other historical reasons:

In Chinese culture, the seventh day of the first moon of the lunar year is known as Human’s Day to be celebrated as the universal birthday of all human beings.

Seven ancient planets – the sun was the greatest planet of the ancient seven and next to the sun, the moon, changing every seventh day. Seven visible planets and luminaries (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn)

Pythagoreans called it the perfect number, 3 and 4, the triangle and the square, the perfect figures.

Ok, enough with the history lessons, I sure hope you didn’t fall asleep reading this yet

In the NHL Playoffs, the number ‘7’ drums up a lot of other thoughts and feelings:


No number brings more adjectives to the table. No number brings more swings of emotions, especially in the context of the NHL Playoffs.

Fast Forward to Saturday Night, as all of the NHL world set their eyes in Madison Square Garden to watch the number ‘7’ in all its glory as the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals play. One team advances. One team goes home.

Sure, we can sit here and analyze the series for hours. Will a proclaimed ‘King’ in Henrik Lundqvist stone Washington and carry the Rangers to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1996-1997?  Will Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals win a 2nd straight Game 7 on the road and send the Blueshirts home?

Does scoring the 1st goal mean anything? Ask the Philadelphia Flyers fans that question and see what the answer is. Does having a 1 goal lead going into the 3rd make all the difference? Sure it can, but based on how this series has been, how can you count on historical trends?

No matter how you analyze it, one thing is certain: The Number ‘7’ will have a front row seat.


A special No Goal Sports Show in Association with The Program: 1030PM EST on Saturday 5/12/12 we will be on the air to review of Game 7 or do a live show if the game goes into OT or beyond! Listen to the show following the link below and feel free to call us at (347) 826-7358!


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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