The Chicago Blackhawks will need to dig deep once again tonight after managing the first half of their comeback job on Detroit. The Red Wings lead 3-2 and have a second chance to finish them off, this time in front of their own fans at Joe Louis Arena. Saturday's meeting saw an energised Blackhawks power their way to a 4-1 victory, but they'll need even more determination on the road. Detroit responded brilliantly to a loss by the same scoreline in Game 1, and are experienced enough to stay calm and replicate what's worked well for them up to now.
It was typical that a bundle of energy like rookie Andrew Shaw would be the catalyst for Chicago. He had two goals on the night and is exactly the type of character you want in the tough moments. Jonathan Toews found his first goal of the post-season too, after some well-documented troubles. They've now come in to 2.45 to progress; if they make it past tonight you have to fancy their chances in a Game 7.
The Red Wings will be anxious to avoid a deciding match-up, but at this stage there's been little talk of any panic. I was a little critical of their offensive depth before the series began but they deserve credit: they've had nine different scorers in the series.
With the Blackhawks being heavily favoured in the odds throughout the series, Detroit have proved great value. That's still the case here: a noisy home crowd should do more than enough to nullify Chicago's momentum. Take the Red Wings at 2.80.
Best bet: Detroit Red Wings to win at 2.80