(The Spread) - After taking a 3-1 decision against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings have a chance to become only the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win.
After several momentum shifts throughout the series, it’s come down to a winner-take-all, best-of-one game at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. It’s been a battle of tradition versus youth, as the dynasty-esque Red Wings fight for supremacy against the Sharks, who appear to have finally put it together after years of stumbling through the postseason.
The Red Wings ousted the Sharks in the 2007 NHL playoffs in six games. The two wouldn’t meet again in the postseason until last year when the Sharks only needed five games to get their revenge. Game 7 tonight holds not only the privilege to advance in to the Western Conference Final, but also bragging rights for the last half-decade of hockey.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.com has both the Red Wings and the Sharks listed at 13/2 to win the 2011 Stanley Cup, but those odds will obviously improve for the winner of tonight’s game.
The winner of Thursday night’s Game 7 contest will have a short rest before starting the Western Conference Final series against the President’s Cup-winning Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Do you believe the Red Wings have what it takes to make history, or will the Sharks pull it out after all on home ice? Oddsmakers list the Sharks as –126 money line favorites over the visiting Red Wings, who are currently +116 on the ML.