Everything you need to know about Game 7
Its 3 or so hours away from one of the most exciting events in all of a sports–Game 7– It means that this is it, the whole season comes down to how you play tonight. Even though its just another 60min game, every small detail seems to be so much larger when the chips are all on the table. It’ll be a test for both teams- Can the Penguins show up on the road when it matters most? Can the Redwings play one more game with great defense against a speedy and young Penguins team?
Tonight comes down to execution in every aspect of the game. And to give us a better look at what to expect lets take a look at a few stats, some of them more important than others. Remember, we’ve got 3 hours to kill…
The Red Wings and Penguins will contest the 15th Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final. The home team has 1s 12-2 record in the 14 previous games. The Red Wings are hosting their first Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final since 1955.
1950– NY Rangers 3 at Detroit 4 (2OT) First Game 7 in decided in overtime
1954—Montreal 1–Detroit–2 the last game 7 decided in OT
2004–Tampa Bay 2–Calgary-1 Ruslan Fedotenko score both of Tampa’s goals.
QUICK HITS – DETROIT
- The Red Wings seek the 12th Stanley Cup in franchise history and their fifth championship since 1997.
- The Red Wings would be the first repeat champion since they captured consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998 and the ninth repeat winner in the expansion era (since 1968). The Montreal Canadiens captured the Stanley Cup in 1968 and 1969, the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 and 1975, the Canadiens from 1976 through 1979, the New York Islanders from 1980 through 1983, the Edmonton Oilers in 1984 and 1985 and in 1987 and 1988, and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
QUICK HITS – PITTSBURGH
- The Penguins are seeking their third Stanley Cup and first since 1992.
- The Penguins have never lost a Game 7 on the road (4-0).
- The Penguins look to emulate the 1971 Montreal Canadiens in multiple categories. The Canadiens are the only club to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the first two games of the Final on the road (vs. Chicago); the only club to win Game 7 of a Final on the road after the home club won the first six games; the only club to win the Stanley Cup with a rookie head coach hired in mid-season (Al MacNeil); and the only Stanley Cup champion to win two Game 7s on the road in the same playoff year (at Boston and Chicago).
2009 PLAYOFF TRENDS ENTERING GAME 7
|Record when scoring first:||Pittsburgh 9-4, Detroit 10-1|
|Record when opponent scores first:||Pittsburgh 6-4, Detroit 5-6|
|Record when leading after the first period:||Pittsburgh 6-3, Detroit 7-0|
|Record when leading after the second period:||Pittsburgh 10-0, Detroit 12-0|
|Record when outshooting opponent:||Pittsburgh 11-6, Detroit 11-6|
|Record when outshot:||Pittsburgh 4-2, Detroit 4-1|
SHOTS–Det 179–Pitt 169
POWERPLAY–Det 4/21–Pit 4/13
FACEOFFS–Det 166–Pitt 140
HITS–Pit 210–Det 195
CROSBY, MALKIN AMONG HIGHEST PLAYOFF PER-GAME SCORERS
Highest Career Point-Per-Game Average, Stanley Cup Playoffs (through Game 6)
|1.||Wayne Gretzky, 1.84||(208 GP, 122-260–382)|
|2.||Mario Lemieux, 1.61||(107 GP, 76-96–172)|
|3.||Sidney Crosby, 1.31||(48 GP, 24-39–63)|
|4.||Evgeni Malkin, 1.27||(48 GP, 24-37–61)|
|5.||Mark Messier, 1.25||(236 GP, 109-186–295)|
3 REASONS THAT EACH TEAM WILL WIN–
1. They’re young
2. They’re driven
3. They’re the underdog
1. They’re at home
2. They’re talented
3. They’ve done this before