While the NBA Western Conference Finals just went 5 games, the NHL playoff Western Conference Finals will go to the storied seventh game this weekend.
The Chicago Blackhawks fought off elimination with a stunning 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Wednesday’s Game 6, pushing the Western Conference Finals to one final game for a shot at the Stanley Cup. The two best squads in the West will clash Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
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A Closer Look At The Chicago Blackhawks Vs Anaheim Ducks Game 7 Odds & Pick
Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks
Date: May. 30 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Anaheim, California
Stadium: Honda Center
TV Info: NBC
Moneyline: Chicago +115 vs Anaheim -135
Game Total: 5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Radio: Chicago vs Anaheim
The Blackhawks Will Beat the Ducks If
Chicago is able to bump Anaheim goalie Frederick Andersen off of his game.
Chicago won a do or die Game 6 by pretty much wearing down Frederick Andersen, the Anaheim Ducks terrific goalie. The Blackhawks were up only 3 to 2 with Anaheim having all of the momentum before scoring 2 goals late in the final period for a 5 to 2 win.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) May 28, 2015
Chicago has to remember that the best way for them to take Game 7 on the road is to put enough pressure on Andersen in the first and second periods so that by the time that the third period rolls around, the Blackhawks will be in a position to take advantage. Anaheim has a tendency to start slow and finish strong. If Chicago can take advantage of that tendency in Game 7, like they did in Game 6, they could leave California with a Western Conference Championship trophy to show off to their fans.
The Ducks Will Beat the Blackhawks If
Anaheim can get use their bigger bodies to pressure the Blackhawks early.
One of the issues in Game 6 was Anaheim getting down in the first 2 periods. By the end of the second period, the Blackhawks had a 3 to 1 lead. Anaheim won’t win Game 7 if they get down by 2 goals or more going into the third again.
"You’ve got one chance to go play for the Stanley Cup. It’s one game in your building with your fans." – Boudreau https://t.co/lbvSjisFqs
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 28, 2015
The problem for Anaheim in a situation like that is that they put way too much pressure on goalie Frederick Andersen because they end up having to push as much as they can in order to tie the match. This causes Andersen to have to fight off one on one battles way more than Ducks’ fans would like. If this type of game develops on Saturday, the Ducks will be in trouble. Anaheim has to get off to a fast start so that they can force Chicago’s hand in the third period. If they don’t, Anaheim won’t be playing next week in the Stanley Cup Finals.