Battle at the summit.
The Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks finished 1st and 2nd in the Western conference during the regular season and both teams meet tonight for game 1 of the Western conference final.
The logic in the west has been respected during the first 2 rounds of the playoffs and the two best teams have to dig it out to find out who will represent the conference at the Stanley Cup final.
The situation of the Detroit Red Wings ressembles a lot the Buffalo Sabres one. They are hosting games 1 and 2 of the series and should try to exploit their home-ice advantage to extend this series to 6 or 7 games. Because should the Ducks win game 1 of the series tonight they could possibly lead the series 3-1 after 4 games.
Detroit will be walking on egg shells if they lose tonight. The loss of Matthieu Schneider in the Wings defence during the end of the previous series could hurt them a lot as Detroit's defensive squad isn't getting younger with players like Chris Chelios who is well over 40 years old.
Be careful tonight Wings!