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3 Reasons To Still Hate the Detroit Red Wings

By Josh Brink
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Mar 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) is defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) and center Riley Sheahan (15) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight at 7:30 PM E.T. the Chicago Blackhawks will be taking on the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena for their first matchup of the year. Last year the realignment which took place reduced the number of divisions from 6 to 4 and as a result the Red Wings were shifted over into the Atlantic Division. The move being for better or for worse probably depends on who you ask but we sure know there is a lot of history between the two teams. Below you will find 3 reasons to still hate the Detroit Red Wings, as the Blackhawks still have to face them at minimum twice a year with another possible matchup if the moons align in a battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

An original six rivalry

Both of the teams played their inaugural seasons in the NHL during the year of 1926 and faced each other in their first game. For a while there were a total of 10 teams within the NHL but due to results of World War I and also WWII, financial struggles caused 4 of the teams to dismantle. The remaining 6 teams consisted of the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs which formed the original six. The “original six” is a term made up for the 6 NHL teams that played each other for a total of 25 seasons from 1942-1967. As a result, the two teams have faced each other more times than any other two teams in the NHL. Both teams have experienced success winning their fair share of Lord Stanley’s Cup while Chicago’s first one was against the Detroit Red Wings. To say the least the rivalry had probably just intensified after that double OT thriller. Then again in 1961 the Blackhawks were led by Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Glenn Hall to end the 23 year drought with another finals win over the Detroit Red Wings. The rivalry then had probably reached its peak in 2013 during the Western Conference Semifinals after the Blackhawks clawed back to win the series 4-3 after being down 3-1.