May. 30, 2015
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks Game 7 Preview & Prediction
With the Prince of Wales Trophy being awarded to the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Rangers game tonight, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl will be awarded tomorrow night. The Blackhawks are trying to prove that they’re the next great dynasty in the NHL. But this year, the Anaheim Ducks are the kings of the Sunshine State. The Ducks have led this series three times, but the Blackhawks are not going to give up without a fight. Who wins tomorrow night’s Game 7? Here is my preview & prediction.
When it comes to the Blackhawks, Duncan Keith has been the workhorse for this team because the Blackhawks don’t have the depth on the blue line. Even with this weakness, Keith has been getting better in this series. In Game 6, Keith had three assist, which got Chicago that 3-0 lead. Keith made a big play by saving a goal that could have tied the game. Meanwhile, Andrew Shaw played second line last season in these playoffs, but now he’s been demoted to third and fourth line in these playoffs, and this result has helped Shaw. Shaw scored two of Chicago’s four goals in Game 6 and currently has three goals in the series. Also, Shaw has nine points this postseason. He’s stepping up big time this postseason. Lastly, Patrick Sharp’s 19-goal streak could be jeopardy if he doesn’t score tomorrow night. Sharp’s streak started in his rookie campaign when the Philadelphia Flyers made the postseason in 2004. Despite the fact that he hasn’t scored in this series, he’s been an assist machine as he had three assists in Game 6.
Now that I’ve talked about the Blackhawks, let’s talk about the Ducks. First, Ryan Getzlaf got the blame after Game 6, after the captain finished with a minus-three. But, Getzlaf has been doing great in this postseason, as he is the leader scorer in points with 19 in 15 postseason games. When it comes to Ryan Kesler, Kesler has been playing physical in this series. The Ducks are the physical team by out-hitting the Blackhawks 304-209 in this series. The Ducks barely won the hitting battle with a 42-38 edge. Lastly, can the Ducks end their Game 7 curse? After the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, the Ducks haven’t won a Game 7 since. In fact, they have lost two-Game 7’s at home. Can this curse end tomorrow night? Let’s get to my prediction.
Prediction: This has been my favorite series out of all the conference finals. When you have a series that has had three overtimes, including Game 2 where that game ended in triple overtime, a Game 3 that ended in double overtime and Game 5 ending in a quick overtime, it makes for compelling hockey. The Blackhawks might have momentum on their back because of the Game 6 victory, but the Ducks are coming back home and will regroup after a poor performance. I expect this game to go into overtime and I see the Ducks winning this game by a final score of 4-3.