If the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals, Gustav Nyquist's goal in Game 3 could be the turning point.

And it was all possible because of a defensive zone faceoff won by Joakim Andersson.

The Red Wings, in fact, clearly have dominated the battle in the faceoff circle during the series, winning more than 50 percent each game.

"It is important because you want control of the puck," said Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, who has won 55 percent this series (22 won, 18 lost).

The numbers back up Zetterberg's claim:

In the Game 1 loss, the Red Wings had a 32-29 advantage;

In the Game 2 victory, the Red Wings had a 31-25 advantage; and

In the Game 3 victory, the Red Wings had a 37-29 edge.

"It's definitely a factor," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We've got to get better in that area. It's definitely an area that is a point of emphasis moving forward.

"All (zones are) critical, special teams, PK (penalty kill), offensive … We've given up a couple of goals the last two games (because of lost faceoffs)."

The Red Wings are ranked fourth in the postseason in faceoff percentage at 52.6 — they are at 54.6 percent in this round. The Blackhawks are 11th overall at 48.3 percent. (The Bruins are No. 1 at 58.6 percent.)

So, what's the secret to succeeding in the circle?

"You try to find out what (players are) going to do," Andersson said. "You have to do different stuff against different guys in each game."

That means paying attention to the angles of opposing sticks on the ice just before the faceoff.

And, at home, that means the Red Wings players put their sticks down last, giving them an advantage.

"He's first down there (with the stick), so I see where he puts his stick down and what he is trying to do," Andersson said.

Then, Andersson has the next move.

"I have to switch it up a little bit," Andersson said in terms of how he attacks the draw.