Hockey fans, the Western Conference has given you Christmas in May.
Starting tonight, and concluding tomorrow, we will be treated to not one, but two game 7s that will determine which teams will collide in the Western Conference Finals.
I would say that professional sports don’t get any better than this . . . but I would be lying, because as exciting as a game 7 in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is, a game 7 that heads into overtime is even better. Let’s hope and pray that one, if not both, of these games goes into overtime.
But I digress a bit. Whether the games go into overtime is not my concern here; who wins and moves on, is.
The San Jose-Los Angeles series has been a back-and-forth affair, with each team protecting its home ice and failing to win on the road. Goaltending and defense have made four out of the six games played thus far one-goal affairs, and if I had to pick a game 7 that was practically destined to head into overtime, this would be the one I picked.
Meanwhile, the Detroit-Chicago series has been one of momentum changes. Detroit raced out to a 3-1 lead, but since then the Blackhawks have regained their composure and stolen Detroit’s mojo, and now we’re all squared up and headed to Chi-Town, which cannot sit well with the Red Wings, who felt they were in the Blackhawks’ heads.
It’s easy to fall back on the “home team wins” approach to picking these winners . . . which is exactly what I am going to do. I’ll cast my vote for the Kings and the Blackhawks moving onto the Conference Finals today. Time for your call – who you got?