The Blackhawks and Redwings have one of the most fierce rivalries in the NHL, and it is great that we could potentially have it back for another season.
The Blackhawks and Redwings have been divisional opponents throughout most of NHL history. Until 2013, when the Redwings moved out to the Eastern Conference in a move that sent Detroit and Columbus out east and gave the Blackhawks more time against the Winnipeg Jets.
During the past several seasons, I have missed watching the Blackhawks and Redwings play each other throughout the regular season, especially considering how bad Detroit has gotten over the past few years.
These two teams constantly met in the playoffs during the old days of ‘Hawks hockey. Their matchups were always fun and featured many fights over the years. There definitely was little love between the two clubs, which went all the way up until their last playoff matchup in 2013.
While Detroit has dominated the rivalry in the past, Chicago did get the last laugh coming back from a 3-1 deficit in 2013 to beat Detriot and win their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.
This coming NHL season will give the Blackhawks and Redwings more opportunities to play each other, assuming they are in the same division next year. This is something that I believe could be the highlight of the season, considering both teams are not as great as they once were.
Watching two young teams looking to turn the corner within the next few seasons faceoff more often could be fun for Chicago next season, and I am certain the ‘Hawks can win a lot of games against the Redwings.
These two clubs have met 820 times so far during their teams’ history, and while Detroit does hold a significant edge during the matchups, 407–314–84–15 all-time, Chicago has had the edge the past few seasons.
Even if the Blackhawks end up not having the Blues in their division next season, it will be fun to watch Chicago have another crack at Detroit during the regular season. What is your favorite moment from the Blackhawks and Redwings rivalry in the past?