NHL: Game 7: ‘A lot of games are going to be on blue, but we’re not going to call it blue’
The Blue Jackets and the Red Wings were once a perfect example of two teams who, despite having an opposing team’s captain on the ice, still managed to dominate the game, even as they were struggling with injuries.
That’s what makes the recent game between the two franchises even more shocking: Both teams have players on the bench who aren’t on the active roster, meaning they’re forced to make their way through a full-on benching game.
It wasn’t until after the game that the Blue Jackets announced that they were calling up a player from the American Hockey League, but the Red Wing team’s coach was already preparing a team that was in the midst of a two-game losing streak.
“You’re going to see that there’s a lot of pressure on us, there’s pressure on the guys on our bench,” said Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard, who’s been with the Red Stars for the past four seasons.
In fact, the Redwings have a record of 7-11-3 in their last 14 games.
The Jackets have lost six of their last seven games and have been outscored by an average of 11.7 goals per game this season.
Their season has been marred by injuries, including a number of injuries to key players, but they’re still not out of it.
And they’re not done yet.
With a team-high 19.7 percent chance of winning Game 7, the Jackets will need to go on a roll to even a series against the Redwing side.
The Red Wings are playing with an edge right now, having won four of their past five games.
They have scored six of the last seven goals against the Jackets, including five of five in Game 6.
The Blue Jackets are still in a position to win the series, but that advantage is now gone.
The Jackets need to take advantage of their team-leading home record against the Blue Wings and get a victory.