All five games in this series were decided by two or more goals, with Chicago prevailing twice by 4-1 at home. Detroit scored only five games at Joe Louis Arena, but this makes little difference if the Red Wings find a way of beating the Blackhawks in the sixth match of the series.
Bet: Detroit Moneyline
Odds: William Hill 2.20
The Red Wings built a commanding 3-1 lead after four games but were outplayed in the fifth match, with Andrew Shaw being the one who buried them. The Blackhawks are waiting for Kane and Toews to return to form, with the former assisting Bickel for the first goal. Chicago played better in all three periods and outshot the visitors by 45 to 26, but the key to their victory was the impressive conversion of power-play opportunities. The Blackhawks had only three such occasions but converted two of them, while Detroit squandered four chances and suffered a complete meltdown in the third period.
Now that they return home, the Red Wings will need to go all in and secure a place in the conference final, because traveling back to Chicago equals an untimely elimination from the playoffs. Daniel Cleary is the player that the visitors should be most afraid of, as he scored in each of the last three games. Henrik Zetterberg and Franzen contributed to each of his goals and their huge experience in postseason should help the Red Wings if the series enters a decisive game.
Although nothing is lost and Detroit proved that it can win away from home, the Red Wings will lose their upper hand if they fail to win at Joe Louis arena. There is great value in the odds of 2.20 offered by William Hill for a Moneyline victory, which includes overtime and shootouts.