The odds are pretty even for tonight’s all-important Game 7 between the Coyotes and defending Western Conference champion Red Wings, but Detroit has to win this game in Phoenix after they blew the chance to close out the series at home in Game 6.
Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes
Sportsbook has the Red Wings as slight favorites posted at -115 with the Coyotes at -105 with a total of 5 goals.
This series is tied at three games apiece and the Sportsbook takes all tonight and will advance to the Western Conference semifinals to face the San Jose Sharks.
The Coyotes forced a Game 7 by beating the Red Wings 5-2 in Detroit on Sunday.
The Coyotes are looking for their first playoff series win since moving from Winnipeg before the 1996-97 season.
Phoenix has home ice in this game, but that may not be a good thing since the road team has won four of the six games in this series.
The Red Wings haven't won a Game 7 on the road since 1964. If Detroit wins this game they will pass Toronto for the most Game 7 wins with 13.
Detroit mainly won this season because of their defense and they will have to play better on D than they did in Game 6 when they gave up five goals. Red Wings’ G Jimmy Howard has a GAA of 2.86 and a save percentage of 91% in the playoffs and he will have to be solid between the pipes tonight.
Coyotes LW Wojtek Wolski has four goals in this series and C Matthew Lombardi has five assists and the Red Wings really need to key on these guys.
The Red Wings had 10 giveaways in Game 6 and they have to be more careful with the puck tonight.
Detroit has to come out strong in this game, as in Game 6 Phoenix jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the Red Wings had to play catch-up all game.
Phoenix G Ilya Bryzgalov has almost identical stats as Howard with a GAA of 3.01 and a save percentage of 91.2% and he will be counted on to thwart the Detroit offense.
Detroit is 4-4 in Game 7s since 1991 and their players are no strangers to feeling the pressure of an elimination game, while the feeling is pretty new to Phoenix.
The Red Wings have the experience and the leadership and they hope that will put them over the top tonight against a Coyotes squad that has not progressed past the first round since the 1987 season when they were located north of the border.