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Playoffs tonight: Wings-Ducks Game 7 highlights a monster day of action

May 12, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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It’s a full day of action with two Game 6s and a Game 7 to end the evening. We could see three series come to a close tonight or just one.

Remember, all games can be checked out online or you can do it the old-fashioned way and watch it on TV with the networks listed below.

Game 6: New York Rangers host Washington Capitals (4:30 p.m. ET, CNBC)
Washington leads series 3-2

It’s not a series between the Rangers and Caps unless there’s some kind of high drama at Madison Square Garden. That’s just what we’ve got today as the Rangers hope to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 in D.C.

Unsurprisingly, it’s been a very tight series. Overtimes, one-goal games, and lots of tension have dictated the playoffs between these two teams. A pair of superstar players could stand to use big performances to help their teams.

Alex Ovechkin hasn’t had a point in three straight games, but he played very strong in their victory in Game 5. Rick Nash, meanwhile, has just one assist in the series and hasn’t been much of a factor. He could help build his legend in New York with a big performance today. Look for the Caps to try and take it to the Rangers early to set the tone.

Game 6: Toronto Maple Leafs host Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Boston leads series 3-2

The Leafs have already fought off elimination once and they’re looking to do it again tonight. This time around, they’re feeling a bit more confident in their abilities and with James Reimer playing as well as he is in goal, that’s a good reason.

While things are feeling better in Toronto, Boston coach Claude Julien wants more out of his second line. Guys like Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand are struggling a bit against the Leafs and you have to think the coach’s words will get through to them eventually.

Keep in mind, if Toronto forces a Game 7 it’ll be tomorrow night in Boston. If the Bruins want a little rest, they’ll take care of business tonight.

Game 7: Anaheim Ducks host Detroit Red Wings (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Series tied 3-3

You can’t ask for more out of a series than you’ve gotten from these two teams. Four overtime games (Detroit going 3-1 in those), wild comebacks, highlight reel goals and saves from both teams. In short, it’s probably the most fun series in the first round.

Detroit is looking to pull the upset on the Ducks, something Anaheim has done to the Wings in playoffs past. Meanwhile, the Ducks would love to advance to the second-round and have a playoff showdown with the Los Angeles Kings.

While Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have showed up in a big way for Detroit, Anaheim could use a big game from Corey Perry who has no goals on 20 shots in the series. All that aside, this game is worth it for the East Coast fans to show up to work bleary-eyed tomorrow.

  1. polegojim - May 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Awesome series… very fun to watch both teams in playoff hockey mode.

    Wings are due a Reg-time win… but we’ll take OT.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  2. kingsforever - May 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Home ice advantage against the Sharks? Or take on the Ducks? I don’t know who I want to win the DET-ANA series

  3. manchestermiracle - May 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Oh, honey? You know those chores I said I was going to do today? Yeah, well, they ain’t gonna happen….

    • blomfeld - May 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Mrs Blomfeld: Ah honey, do you mind taking out the trash ?

      Mr Blomfeld: You got it baby ! :)

      Manchester and friends … at the end of the day, I don’t think it makes the slightest bit of difference as to who we play next. A 45 minute drive down the 405 or a 45 minute flight up to San Jose ? … yeah, whatever ! The bottom line for us is that ‘travel’ will now be removed from the equation and that’s a ‘good thing’ after that grueling series against the Blues. We’ll now enjoy a luxury which the queens in the Eastern Conference have been enjoying the entire year.

      GO KINGS GO !!!! :)

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Wow! You have to be impressed with the job both of these coaches did this year. Wings had to somehow adjust to the post Lidtstrom era. Wings are an amazing organization. Boudreau couldn’t get to the SC final with WSH, so I wonder if it’s because he can’t win the big games or he simply didn’t have the players to take him there. Time will tell. I hope we see Caps vs Pens in the east conference final.

  5. sportsinhd - May 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Tonight is one of those glaring examples why the Wings need to be in the East. 10:30 start time Eastern? Monday is going to suck for a lot of Wings fan (win lot lose). Glad that’s getting changed around next year.

  6. sjsharks86 - May 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Hoping Detroit pulls through tonight, a Hawks v Wings, Kings v Sharks 2nd round would be pretty epic (and cut down on travel for all teams).

    凸(-_-)凸 the Ducks

  7. smokincrawdad - May 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    It is absolutely ridiculous that this game starts at 10 PM Eastern time tonight. Thanks, NHL and NBC, very inconsiderate of the fans who allow you to make the money you make. I don’t know how many Detroit fans will be able to stay awake until the end; surely most have SCHOOL and WORK to get up for. Ridiculous! …on a Sunday!!!

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