May 10, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (93) battles for puck in front of Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1) in the first period in game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 7 – Red Wings Look To End Duck Season With A Bang

The Detroit Red Wings are back in Anaheim for Game 7 against the Ducks, puck drop is 1o:00 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings blew a two goal lead in the last 4 minutes of game six, but came back to take the game in overtime. The Wings tallied their fewest shots on net in a win during game six, but they had bodies in front on Jonas Hiller to make seeing the puck difficult.

Anaheim will be in control of line combinations, which mean that Pavel Datsyuk‘s line will probably be up against Saku Koivu‘s line. Datsyuk’s line will have to find a way to overpower the Koivu line and produce scoring opportunities.

Projected Line-up


Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Todd Bertuzzi – Mikael Samuelsson – Patrick Eaves


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl  Carlo Colaiacovo


Jimmy Howard

This has been a back and forth series so far and if Detroit wants to move on they will have to break the cycle tonight.

Henrik Zetterberg made his first two goals of the series count in game six, but today is a new day and the Wings need him to keep putting points on the board.

The fourth line might get a shake up as Patrick Eaves could rejoin the line-up tonight.

Carlo Colaiacovo had a good start, but seem to trail off as the game went on, he should be better tonight.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. The Wings cannot afford to turn the puck over and give Anaheim quality scoring chances tonight.

Prediction: No prediction today, the Red Wings just have to win.

UPDATE: Cory Emmerton is out and Patrick Eaves is in. Mikael Samuelsson will take the faceoffs.

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