The Hawks are in a must win situation going into game six tonight in Detroit down 3-2 in the best of seven series. The Hawks have clawed their way back into this series after winning game five on Saturday night at the United Center 4-1. In the victory the Hawks got a big boost from center Andrew Shaw who scored a PPG and an even strength tally to lead the Hawks, while Corey Crawford made 25 of 26 saves, and has allowed one or fewer goals in six of his 10 starts this postseason.
“It’s way harder on your psyche when you play well and you get thrashed,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t very good, period [in Game 5]. We skated better than in Game 1, but it was a lot like Game 1. They were good and we were watching.” courtesy of Brian Hedger of NHL.com. The Wings would much rather end this series tonight in Detroit than have to fly back to Chicago for game seven on Wednesday night. The Wings in order to close the Hawks out tonight are going to need another big game out of Jimmy Howard, as well as talented young forwards Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist.
The Hawks need to just take this game one shift at a time, one period at a time to be successful and to force a game seven. The hawks in game five were very physical, they won board battles and moved the puck on the PP. Tonight the faceoffs are going to be key, the Blackhawks in 10 games are 48% on faceoffs and haven’t won the faceoff battle yet in this series. Look for the Hawks to dump the puck in the zone and use the dump and retrieve method, instead of skating into the zone. The Hawks have the momentum, and will win game six 3-0, and force a game seven Wednesday night.
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