The Red Wings are about to play a must-win, do-or-die game. Beep. This is a recording.

The Red Wings are about to play a must-win, do-or-die game. Beep. This is a recording.

Yes, this is getting awfully familiar.

It’s like the Wings are stuck in a wild, wonderful, fascinating, exhausting loop that has been repeating over and over for the last few weeks.

It started at the end of the regular season. For an entire week, almost every game the Wings played turned into a white-knuckle, must-win game; and, somehow, despite their young lineup, despite their limitations, despite their flaws, the Wings survived and made the playoffs.

Then, they faced a must-win, do-or-die game in Game 6 Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks. And despite their young lineup, and a painful own goal, and some bonehead mistakes, and blowing a two-goal lead, they survived. And now?

Now, the Wings will play a Game 7 at Anaheim, and that young lineup continues to improve. It continues to learn to win.

My quick guess: This game is gonna go overtime.

Of course it will go overtime. Beep! This is a recording.

“Game 7s are a blast,” said Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who has played in a pair of Game 7s. He won one and he lost one. “It’s both teams leaving it out on the ice and they are fun to be part of.”