What to watch for in Game 7
There have already been more overtimes in this series than in any previous series in Red Wings history. If Game 7 goes into overtime, that will make five games in the series, putting it in the record books.
If the players and coaches are anything like the traveling media covering this series, they probably couldn't tell you the day or time on a bet after making so many trips and swapping so many time zones.
"I think this is a record for miles on a plane in such a short amount of time," joked Red Wings rookie Gustav Nyquist. "But I enjoy it. We're doing this trip with joy."
It's come down to the ultimate conclusion for a playoff series, a Game 7. Where all the previous mistakes are swept aside, all the close losses are forgotten and the slate is wiped clean for the one game that determines the fate of each team's season. One game in which a player can earn a moment etched in the pages in his team's playoff history.
"Let's have some young guy or some older guys coming up and playing the best game of their life," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on Saturday. "Then all of a sudden they'll have that reputation for an awful long time."
Here are seven things to watch in Game 7 as the countdown begins for the biggest game of the year for the Red Wings and Ducks:
1. Will this game mark the arrival of Corey Perry?
The 2011 Hart Trophy winner has been largely silent during this series. He has just two assists and is still looking for his first goal of the postseason. He's had chances during the series, and only Daniel Winnik has more shots than Perry's 20 among the Ducks' forwards, which encourages Boudreau. "It's not like he's totally dry and nothing's coming for him," Boudreau said. "I assume at one point, Corey Perry is going to break out. He always has, he always will. Let's just hope it's [Game 7]."
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