No two teams have clashed as often as Chicago and Detroit in regular season
THE BLACKHAWKS AND RED WINGS epitomize the notion of hate as tradition. If you’re a Chicago fan and you detest Detroit, chances are your parents did, too, and so did their parents, as no two franchises have met more during the regular season in NHL history.
The teams have met 16 times in the playo s, most recently a seven-game war in 2012-13, which Chicago won en route to the Cup. Today, with the teams in separate conferences, the feud is less about bad blood – gone are the days of Bobby Hull climbing the stands to fight fans at Olympia Stadium – and more about fast, frantic hockey. In their first meeting as cross-conference rivals last season, they traded eight goals and battled to a shootout.
Interestingly, while GM Stan Bowman was the architect of Chicago’s past two Cups, his dad, Scotty, coached Detroit to three titles and now works for Chicago in an advisory role. There’s a healthy amount of family history woven into to this Original Six rivalry.
The two teams meet Nov. 14 (in Detroit) and Feb. 18 (in Chicago).