28 years ago yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Oilers in four to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Yesterday, it was announced these two would play to start off the 24-team playoff.
It’s somewhat fitting that exactly 28 -years after the Chicago Blackhawks swept the Oilers in the Western Conference Finals, it was announced that hockey will be returning and these teams will meet again. It’s pretty insane how things like that tend to work themselves out.
All-time, the Oilers hold the lead with a 3-1 record in their four playoff meetings. It’s been 30 years since the last time the Oilers beat the Blackhawks in the playoffs though. It’ll truly be something interesting to see.
There are people already predicting Chicago to upset the Oilers, which would be something interesting. It’s weird that Blackhawks’ fans have been negative already, going as far as to say “they’re not a playoff team until they win a round.”
Instead, fans should be excited for the chance to prove the hockey world wrong once again and make a surprise bid for the Stanley Cup.
I truly believe if the team gets hot, they can ride it all the way to their seventh Stanley Cup in team history. It’ll take a lot though, as it’ll be harder than ever to do this.
The stairway to seven starts now, 19 wins away.