DIG UP THE PAST

Red Wings and Black­hawks have a long his­tory. It’s heat­ing up again

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

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).

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