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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top 5 All-Time Scariest Opponents

By Matt Barbato
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Dec 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings former forward Steve Yzerman (19) before the Alumni Showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Winter Classic at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

1. Steve Yzerman 

Steve Yzerman is a demon the Blackhawks might not ever exorcise. Heck, he even haunted the ’Hawks as an executive, as his Tampa Bay Lightning gave Chicago everything it could handle in last year’s Stanley Cup Final. Steve Yzerman is the scariest opponent in Blackhawks history.

The Hall of Famer dominated the Blackhawks as a player. His 47 goals, 72 assists and 119 points against Chicago are all career highs against a single opponent. Yzerman scored seven game-winning goals and logged more than 600 minutes of ice time against the Blackhawks. Yzerman conquered the mighty Indian Head regularly and helped the Detroit Red Wings win three Stanley Cups while the Blackhawks fluttered and watched from the basement.

Yzerman propelled Detroit’s glory years while the Blackhawks faced some of the darkest times in franchise history. He is Chicago’s ultimate ghost and demon. Fortunately, the Toews and Kane era helped scare away the ghost of Yzerman that seemed to follow the franchise. They even managed to beat Yzerman’s team in the Stanley Cup Final. Nonetheless, Yzerman is the scariest Blackhawks opponent of all time.

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