Some people would love for the Chicago Blackhawks to clinch the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals at home (as would I). But the Blackhawks best chance to defeat the Boston Bruins to clinch the Stanley Cup would be Monday’s game six at Boston. The Blackhawks would benefit from clinching while they have momentum. If they were to lose on Monday, although they still have a decent opportunity to win Wednesday’s game seven in Chicago, it would not be as great of a chance as Monday’s game would be.
Let’s take a look back at each team’s prior history in the Finals. After game five in 2010, the Blackhawks were in the same scenario as they were now. They were up 3-2 in the series against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers would host game six, while the Hawks would host game seven. The Blackhawks kept their momentum from their victory in game five and closed out the Flyers at Wells-Fargo Arena in overtime.
The Boston Bruins meanwhile were down 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Finals. Game six was at Boston in the TD Garden and game seven was at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Bruins managed to win game six at home and game seven on the road. If the Blackhawks want to escape this series with the Cup, the easiest way possible would be to win game 6.
Now to fans who want to see the Hawks lose Monday (This could be either due to having tickets and/or to hear the Chelsea Dagger constantly played at the United Center after the Hawks win the Cup), I would have to deeply disagree. If your team is in a position to clinch a title, you should root for that team to win as soon as possible. If the Hawks were to lose game six, the chances of the Bruins winning would increase. Therefore giving them confidence to win on the road for game seven. So if I were you. I’d root to finish the Bruins off while they are down rather than root to see the Hawks win at home.