Your Call: Which team wins Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final? Staff

6/14/2011 11:08:33 PM

Which team will win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final? It's an easy question with a very complicated answer.

The 2010-11 NHL season began on October 7th in Helsinki, Finland where the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3, kicking off a season that would have many twists and turns.

The Vancouver Canucks saw their first action on October 9th in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. On the same day, the Boston Bruins fell 5-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague, Czech Republic.

Fast forward through the regular season, playoffs and six grueling Stanley Cup Final games and both of those franchises that lost their first matches need only win one more to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Goaltending will be the story of Game 7, before, during and after the contest as both starters are squarely in the spotlight. More than 4,000 kilometers separate the two cities but for Roberto Luongo, his play has been light years different in each location.

Luongo, who was chased the last two times he skated into the crease in Boston's TD Bank Garden, has been brilliant at home in this series. In the three games played in Vancouver, Luongo is 3-0 with a 0.67 goals-against-average with shutout victories in both Games 1 and 5.

On the other had, Tim Thomas has been brilliant in both locales. Despite an 0-3 record at Rogers Arena in this series, Thomas is considered the odds-on favourite win or lose to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

His numbers for the playoffs are 15-9 with a 2.09 goals-against-average and he has not surrendered more than two goals in regulation in any of the six Stanley Cup Final games.

The Canucks will be forced to play without Mason Raymond, who was injured early in Game 6, putting a hole in their lineup. However, he might offer the same spark for the Canucks as Nathan Horton's injury did to the Bruins earlier in the series.

Momentum may be on the side of the Bruins coming off a huge victory in Game 6, but history sides with the Canucks. In the previous 15 Game 7's in the Stanley Cup Final, the home team holds an impressive 12-3 record.

There are a lot of complicated reasons to choose either team to hoist Lord Stanley's Mug in Vancouver tonight but the question is very simple.

Which team will win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final?

It's Your! Call.