NHL Pick: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks Game 7
Date/Time: May 29th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Moneyline: Blackhawks -215
After blowing back to back games, the Detroit Red Wings have to figure out how to get up off of the mat in a hurry, as this is their last chance to survive against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Not only did the Red Wings blow a two-game lead, but they also blew a third period lead in the worst of ways on Monday night. Detroit was up 2-1 going into the third period, but within 10 minutes, that entire lead was gone and then some. The team allowed three goals in that span, and it knew that it was destined to be headed back to the Windy City for Game 7 as a result. Detroit had its share of sloppy problems in Game 6 as well. The team picked up a bunch of careless penalties, including a too many men on the ice infraction and two tripping penalties in the last six minutes of the game that helped derail any chances of a comeback. C Damien Brunner tried his best, scoring a goal with the extra attacker on the ice at 19:08, but the Red Wings didn’t have enough in them to complete the comeback. It was a terrible night for G Jimmy Howard, who allowed three goals on just eight shots in the third period.
Chicago was as good as dead until coming up with the goals that helped put the game on ice. The Blackhawks hadn’t played well in either of the previous games in Motown, but now with their backs up against the wall, they played like champions and have earned this Game 7 at home. They knew that they were going to be in for a fight in Detroit in Game 6, and a fight is what they got. The Red Wings took the same number of shots in the first two periods of play as they ended up conceding for the entire game. All series long, we continued to say that the big boys need to step up and put the puck in the back of the net, but in this game, it was the little guys that were accomplished. C Jonathan Toews did have a good game with two assists, while RW Marian Hossa did open the scoring on a power play goal in the first period. However, Hossa took a foolish tripping penalty at 18:59 of the third period to give Detroit a chance, while LW Patrick Sharp cancelled out a Chicago power play with five minutes left in the game thanks to a tripping penalty of his own. C Michal Handzus scored the goal that tied the game at 0:51 of the third period, while RW Michael Frolik was the one that effectively ended it nine minutes later.
As much as we hate to say it, we have to think that the Blackhawks are the right play on Wednesday night. Chicago has come too far to fail now, and even though we have to lay a heavy price to do so, we don’t see how Detroit is getting up off of the mat in this one.
Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 Pick: Chicago Blackhawks
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