Date/Time: May 27th, 8:00 p.m. ET
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The Chicago Blackhawks have staved off elimination once, but now, they have their toughest test of the season, winning Game 6 on the road with their season on the line against the hated Detroit Red Wings.
The Blackhawks have played two great games in this series, and when they have played at their best, they have been tremendous. In Games 1 and 5, the two games that were won, Chicago outshot the Red Wings by a combined 87-47, and that’s a massive part of the reason that it was able to win those games by the aggregate score of 8-2. Of course, in the other three games in this series, the Hawks have managed less than 30 shots per game, and they have only scored a total of two goals. It was great to see the power play strike not once, but twice in a span of just two and a half minutes in the second period, and that took the game from one that was close to one that was never in doubt. C Jonathan Toews was able to score just his first goal of the playoffs on Saturday night. It’s remarkable that it took so long for him to get on the board after scoring 23 goals in the regular season, but now that he has his scoring skates about him, he could be tremendously dangerous.
The Red Wings have to know that this is the equivalent of their Game 7. It would be tough to imagine how this team would be able to go on the road and win Game 7 after losing both Games 5 and 6. The truth of the matter is that G Jimmy Howard has played a heck of a series in spite of the fact that he has had two awfully bad games in terms of goals allowed. Still, it’s tough to blame Howard for allowing four goals when he faces 45 shots, as he still had a very respectable .911 save percentage. We still know that this team needs a whole heck of a lot of help from its stars as well. C Pavel Datsyuk still only has one goal in this series, while LW Henrik Zetterberg only has three assists. In fact, with those two things known, it’s almost a miracle that Detroit has a chance to close out this series at home on Monday night. The boys from Motown are going to be in for a heck of a fight for sure.
We just get the feeling that we haven’t heard the end of the Presidents’ Trophy winners yet. Chicago is the better of these two teams for the course of a full season, and it is going to need to flex its muscles on the road in this one if it wants to ultimately figure out how to keep its Stanley Cup dreams alive. Back the Blackhawks to find a way to get out of Hockeytown USA to set up a pivotal Game 7.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings Game 6 Pick: Chicago Blackhawks
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