2011 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons the Detroit Red Wings Will Win Game 7 in San Jose

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2011 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons the Detroit Red Wings Will Win Game 7 in San Jose
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You know, a hockey fan could get pretty used to this.

After decades of believing that a team coming back from a 0-3 series deficit was about as likely as witnessing Big Foot emerge from a landed UFO on the White House lawn, we've now seen it happen three times in the last 12 months.

The Flyers came back all the way to win four straight against the Boston Bruins last season, and the Chicago Blackhawks gave Vancouver Canucks fans heart attacks by forcing a Game 7 after being dominated in the first three games of their first-round series this year.

Last night, the Detroit Red Wings added their name, yet again, to the NHL history books by becoming the third team in a year to tie a series at three games after falling into an 0-3 hole.

Will they follow the path of the Flyers last year or end up in the same boat as the Blackhawks this year?

My gut tells me the former will prove to be true.

Now, San Jose Sharks fans may be quick to point to the Vancouver-Chicago series as evidence that, just like the Canucks, the Sharks will end up winning Game 7 at home, citing home-ice advantage and "recent history" as reasons why.

This makes no sense whatsoever.

Aside from the fact that these are two completely different teams, the gap in talent and depth between the Canucks and Blackhawks in the first round was huge.

It took a collective collapse on the part of the Canucks, combined with a simultaneous surge on the part of the Blackhawks, to get that series to seven games.

This has not been the case in this series.

The gap between these two teams has been razor thin, and each team has won games the other could just as easily have won.

This has not been, nor will it be, a mirror image of the Vancouver-Chicago series.

Despite Detroit's run of three straight victories, the difference between these two clubs can still be measured in centimeters.

Game 7 will undoubtedly be the toughest game to win, for both teams.

However, there's five reasons to believe that, if you're a betting guy or gal, your money would be safest if put on Detroit.


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