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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: AHLers And Red Wings Rivalry

By Colin Likas
Feb 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) is showered with spray from Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) is showered with spray from Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Greg Bradshaw

Question 1: Honestly, The only two IceHogs I see Chicago calling up would be Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz. It’s obvious that the two rookies were struggling as their brief stints with the Blackhawks came to an end, but they remain the cream of the crop in the AHL.

Schmaltz has played 11 games since being sent down and immediately made an impact with six goals and two assists. Motte has only played in four games but has three goals and an assist to show for it.

Question 2: I would have to say that the intensity has diminished enough to call this rivalry over. With such history between to the two teams, it’s really a shame that the ‘Hawks and Wings can’t play each other throughout the year more often.

It’s always special watching the few games the two teams share throughout the season, but unless the two meet in the Stanley Cup Final in the near future (not going to happen), this rivalry is dead.

George Clifford

Question 1: I like the ‘Hawks’ lineup right now, and Tanner Kero looks to be a keeper. If new blood is needed on the blue line, I would take Erik Gustafsson before Ville Pokka based on his skill and offensive upside.

Too bad Gustafsson’s season-busting gaffe in Game 7 against the Blues has likely scuttled his future with the ‘Hawks. I still think Gustav Forsling will become a top-four defenseman in the NHL, hopefully with the ‘Hawks.

Question 2: As an Original Six club, Detroit will always be a revered opponent, but the rivalry has faded along with the Red Wings’ move to the East and their dive in the standings. Compared to the Blues and lately the Wild, Detroit is a yawner.

Sean Fitzgerald

Question 1: I think the Blackhawks are going to recall Mark McNeill. McNeill is being shopped by the Blackhawks and has been shopped this entire season.

McNeill has scored close to 40 points in this last three seasons in Rockford. He is currently second in the points chase in Rockford. I think they are going to give him an NHL showcase to trade him for a lower-tier forward they are targeting.

It would be similar to a Jeremy Morin for Richard Panik type trade. McNeill needs a change of scenery and a showcase would help aid in that transition.

Question 2: I do not consider Detroit a rival anymore because the Blackhawks only play them twice a year. Schedule-wise they are the exact same as another Eastern Conference team.

Everyone knows that there is a long history between the Blackhawks and the Red Wings. The 2013 playoffs was the end of the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry and it was a epic ending. The Blackhawks’ current rivals are Minnesota, Nashville and Vancouver.

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