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Chicago Blackhawks: St. Louis Blues’ 50 Things To Know

By Colin Likas
Apr 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues salute their fans after defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues salute their fans after defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talks during a press conference after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers in second overtime during game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

The Rivalry

  1. The Blackhawks and Blues have been in the same division since 1970, spanning four different divisions: the Western (1970-74), the Smythe (1974-81), the Norris (1981-93) and the Central (1993-present).
  2. The teams have met 283 times in the regular season, with the Blackhawks holding a 144-121-35 edge in record.
  3. Another 54 meetings have occurred in the postseason across 11 series. The Blackhawks have won eight of those series, with the first victory coming in 1973 and the most recent in 2014.
  4. Every Norris Division final between 1982 and 1993 featured one or both of the Blackhawks and Blues. Somehow, this never resulted in a Stanley Cup for either club.
  5. All six of the Sutters played for either the Blackhawks or Blues, or both franchises. Darryl Sutter was a career Blackhawk, while Brian Sutter was a career Blue. Duane Sutter and Brent Sutter played for the Blackhawks, though not at the same time, while Ron Sutter and Rich Sutter both played for the Blues, even on the same team in 1992. Rich is the only Sutter to play for both franchises.
  6. The St. Patrick’s Day Massacre saw the two teams duke it out in a true old-time hockey moment. On March 17, 1991, a series of brawls saw 12 players — six from each side — tossed from the game, in addition to 278 combined penalty minutes. Both teams received a $10,000 fine, while St. Louis’ Scott Stevens and Kelly Chase, along with Chicago’s Mike Peluso, netted suspensions for their roles in the events.

7. In that same season, the Blackhawks won the Norris Division and Campbell Conference crowns, along with the Presidents’ Trophy, on the season’s final day with a win over Detroit. This left Chicago one point ahead of St. Louis, which finished second for all three honors.

8. The rivalry gained a new level of intensity when the Detroit Red Wings, a rival of both the Blackhawks and Blues, left for the Eastern Conference. That left the Blackhawks and Blues as the chief rival of one another. Things were ramped up another notch in the 2014 playoff series between the teams, when Brent Seabrook boarded David Backes, netting Seabrook a three-game suspension and causing Backes to miss a game, as well as the rest of the contest in which he was hit.

9. Joel Quenneville has served as coach of both clubs, starting his head coaching career with the Blues in 1996. He posted a record of 307-191-77-18 across eight seasons with St. Louis before moving on to Colorado. After a few seasons there, he found a job with the Blackhawks in 2008. Q has compiled a 363-181-74 mark with the Blackhawks and has won three Stanley Cups.

10. Troy Brouwer is the only active player on either roster to have spent time with both teams. He broke into the NHL with the Blackhawks in the 2006-07 season and departed after the 2010-11 campaign, joining the Blues this season after four campaigns in Washington.

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