Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings which used to be one of the best rivalries in the NHL.
When you think of the best Chicago Blackhawks rivalries right now you would probably say the St Louis Blues or Nashville Predators.
Growing up the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota North Stars were the biggest rivals with the Blues which made the Norris Division such a fun one to be a part of each and every year.
Since the Chicago Blackhawks Golden era began a decade ago the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings have been rivals, but those two teams are no longer rivals. The Canucks are no longer a very good hockey team, and the Red Wings went to the Eastern Conference after the 2013 season.
I think sports are just better when you have rivals that aren’t man made like NBCSN tries on Wednesday nights. The Predators and Hawks have a chance at a good rivalry if both can meet up in the playoffs once again this year.
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That being said, I wish we could yell Detroit Sucks more often than once a year now that they play in the east. I understand that Red Wings play in the Eastern Time Zone, but it sure would be nice if they could get back into the West and the Central Division.
If they never do comeback at least the Blackhawks defeated them the last time they met in the playoffs in 2013!
Here are some morning links to start your gameday!
If Dylan Sikura is good enough there will be a spot for him in Chicago (Tribune)
Looking back at some preseason predictions (On The Forecheck)
Looking at the first half numbers for the Avs (Mile High Sticking)
Scary scene as Phillip Danault leaves game on a stretcher (TSN)