It was almost destined to happen in the last season as divisional and conference rivals, that the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings would face each other in the 2013 playoffs before the Red Wings leave for the Eastern Conference and more fan friendly time slots. It didn’t look like it was going to happen, but the Red Wings overcame a 3-2 deficit against the Anaheim Ducks to force this Conference Semi-final series between the NHL’s longest and most played rivalry.
This will be the 16th time the teams have met in the playoffs with the Blackhawks holding an 8-7 lead but the Red Wings have won the last two series. Here is a quick look at the all-time playoff series
1934 Stanley Cup Finals- Chicago wins the Cup 3-1
1941 Stanley Cup Semi-Final- Detroit wins 2-0
1944 Stanley Cup Semi-Final -Chicago wins 4-1
1961-Stanley Cup Finals-Chicago wins the Cup 4-2
1963- Stanley Cup Semi-Finals- Detroit wins 4-2
1964-Stanley Cup Semi-Finals-Detroit wins 4-2
1965-Stanley Cup Semi-Finals-Chicago wins 4-3
1966-Stanley Cup Semi-Finals-Detroit wins 4-2
1970 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals-Chicago wins 4-0
1985-Norris Division Semi-Final-Chicago wins 3-0
1987- Norris Division Semi-Final-Detroit wins 4-0
1989- Norris Division Semi-Final Chicago win 4-2
1992-Norris Divison Final- Chicago wins 4-0
1995-Western Conference Final- Detroit wins 4-1
2009-Western Conference Finals Detroit wins 4-1
There is a lot of great history between these two storied franchises with one last chapter to be written before realignment!
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