4 . Minnesota Wild/North Stars
Chicago and Minnesota have a long-standing rivalry dating back to the time of the Minnesota North Stars. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the Blackhawks and North Stars battled in the Norris Division and would routinely cross each others’ paths in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chicago would win five Norris Division titles in that timeframe while Minnesota would win two, and the Blackhawks would win six division playoff titles while the North Stars would win just one. Also, the Blackhawks would go 4-2 in head-to-head Stanley Cup Playoffs matchups with the North Stars before the team relocated to Dallas in 1993.
In 2000, NHL hockey would return to Minnesota as the Wild were born. While the early 2000s weren’t too kind to the Blackhawks or the Wild, both teams were able to have marginal success and make the playoffs a handful of times leading up to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory in 2010.
Then, starting in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, the rivalry started to pick up again as the Blackhawks and Wild would meet in the Stanley Cup Playoffs three years in a row. Unfortunately for Minnesota, the Blackhawks would win all three matchups in the playoffs — 4-1 in the first round in 2013, 4-2 in the second round in 2014 and a 4-0 sweep in the second round of 2015.
Add in the fact that the Blackhawks and Wild were featured one of last season’s NHL Outdoor Stadium Series, in a 6-1 win for Minnesota at TCF Stadium, and this rivalry is alive and well yet again. Which is great for the NHL and Midwestern hockey fans alike.
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