|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe NHL Playoffs are nearing the conclusion of the conference semifinals rounds, with two teams already advancing and two more going to a Game Six.
The Lightning and Bruins both swept their playoff opponents, while the Sharks and Canucks both lead their respective series' 3-2. Can either the Red Wings or Predators survive a Game Six and drag a series out to seven games?
The Detroit Red Wings came back from a 3-1 deficit Sunday night in San Jose to defeat the Sharks 4-3. The Sharks had scored a goal in each period to make it 3-1, and then the Red Wings took over in the final period. They scored three unanswered goals, building on their one goal in the second period. After losing the first three games to San Jose, Detroit has rallied back to win two in a row, and now the series goes back to Detroit for Game Six.
Three times before in NHL history a team has come back from a 0-3 deficit to win the series. It almost happened this year again as the Chicago Blackhawks won three in a row over the Vancouver Canucks after losing the first three games of the series. The Hawks could not pull off the upset, going down to defeat in the deciding Game Seven. The Red Wings may have their own shot if they can win at home and then compete in the final game in San Jose.
The Canucks, on the other hand, are also facing a tough series against the Nashville Predators. The Canucks had a 3-1 lead, but the Predators battled back to make it a series again. Game Six will be played Monday night in Nashville. If the Predators can win tonight, they will make franchise history and have their first-ever Gave Seven. However, the team is also facing a number of injuries, which are just piling on as the playoffs continue.
With the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins already having advanced in four games, the quicker either of the remaining teams can knock off their opponents, the better. But the scrappy Red Wings and Predators know that while history is not on their side, coming back from a 3-0 or 3-1 deficit is certainly possible in the NHL.