Game Seven Pregame Notes

The Red Wings head to Game Seven for the third consecutive series tonight. For the first time since 1991 they face a Game Seven on the road.

I don’t know what to expect going into tonight’s matchup. Detroit isn’t making any lineup changes but the Coyotes could see the return of captain Shane Doan, who completed a full practice with the team for the first time since leaving Game Three with a shoulder injury.

As I said yesterday, the Red Wings can win this one. Just last week they had an awful afternoon game at home and bounced back with a big win in the next game. There’s no reason it couldn’t happen again.

Sunday’s lack of effort should have no bearing on tonight’s game but – to me, at least – it does.

In the past I would have no problem with believing the Wings would flip a switch and get the big win. They’ve done it plenty of times.

After pathetic efforts on consecutive Sundays, however, I don’t know that the Red Wings want to flip that switch. If they wanted to, why the apathy in those two games?

In short, I believe the Wings have the ability to win but I don’t have faith in their desire right now.

Game time is 9:00 (not the previously-reported 10:00). We’ll see what happens.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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