In what could be the defining moment in San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s tenure so far, Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings looms ahead. Facing a collapse that has only been seen three times since 1939, the Sharks realize exactly what situation they are in.
A team that struggled during the early parts of the season, the one that blew home-ice advantage in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, or the one that was dominated in Detroit in Game 6.
Whatever flavor of doubt you prefer, the San Jose Sharks will beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 on Thursday night.
This is, of course, no disrespect intended to the Red Wings or their players, because they are as deadly as they come in the playoffs, as any fan of the NHL can attest to. The series has been far from one-sided, and been a back and forth battle to the end as initially expected.
Outside of the 3-0 series lead, who would have really doubted this series could go to 7 games? Nobody should be surprised at this outcome with an opponent like the Red Wings.
Here then are the five reasons the San Jose Sharks will win Game 7 and move on to their second consecutive Western Conference finals.