NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes (Game 7)
Red Wings vs. Coyotes Game 7 Live Stream: The Phoenix Coyotes, who are in the NHL Playoffs for the first time since 2002, defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday to force a Game 7 in Glendale this evening. The winner will play the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Wings are not too much familiar to playing a Game 7 on the road and hasn’t won one since 1964. To make things even worse, of the 129 playoff series that have gone to a seventh game since the best-of-seven format was brought out in 1939, the home team has won 80 times.
Mike Babcock’s men technically are the underdogs since they are seeded fifth against the No. 4 Phoenix, but a lot of hockey fans think it would be an upset if the Wings lose. They have four Stanley Cups in the last 12 seasons for chrissake!
Dave Tippett’s side had a 29-10-2 record on home ice during the regular season, while Nicklas Lidstrom and co. were 19-14-8 on the road this year. With a win, the Coyotes would advance to the second round for the first time since moving from Winnipeg in 1996.
Meanwhile, captain Shane Doan once again will be a game-time decision. He has missed the past three matches but despite his absence, Phoenix has stretched its series with Detroit to seven games.
Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments section below this post.
Prediction: I’m rooting for the Wings but I believe whoever scores first tonight will have a huge advantage.
The match kicks-off at 9:00 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: Detroit defeated Phoenix, 6-1, to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.