DIG UP THE PAST
Red Wings and Blackhawks have a long history. It’s heating up again
EVEN THOUGH THEY NO longer play in the same division, the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks have a long and storied rivalry, one that has heated up now that the Blackhawks are what the Red Wings used to be.
For eight straight years, the Red Wings ruled the former Central Division until the Blackhawks knocked them off their perch in 2010 and won the Stanley Cup. The rivalry is not as heated as the one the Red Wings had with the Colorado Avalanche in the mid-1990s, in part because the Red Wings don’t really do much to antagonize anyone these days. They fight less frequently than any other team and just go about their business.
But there was fuel added to it when the Original Six rivals met in the second round of the 2013 playoffs. It was a nasty piece of work, with the Wings working Hawks captain Jonathan Toews over. It almost worked. The Red Wings had a 3-1 stranglehold in the series until the Blackhawks rallied and won three straight, capped by a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7.
The two teams meet Nov. 14 (in Detroit) and Feb. 18 (in Chicago).