Analysis

The team the Blackhawks have the edge on in the central

By Jimmy Lynch
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have the edge on just one team heading into the season.

The Detroit Redwings and the Chicago Blackhawks have been rivals in the NHL for a long time. The two original six teams have a long history that features different teams have the edge over the other throughout their historic rivalry.

As of right now, I think the ‘Hawks have the power in this rivalry over the ‘Wings for the time being. While Detroit might be further along on their rebuild with more prospects within their organization, Chicago does have more star power thanks to drafting well in players like Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist.

Even though the ‘Hawks are going to be shorthanded this season without Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach, I still think the Blackhawks have the edge over the ‘Wings. Detroit is a year removed from putting up a record of 17-49-5, yes Dylan Larkin is an up and coming NHL star, but with the prospects this organization has being a few years away, this team will have to struggle for a few more years before turning the corner.

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I hope Chicago and Detroit can re-spark this rivalry this coming season. Both organizations have new faces since the last time they were in the same division, and seeing if the past energy and momentum can carry on with new players will be fun.

The ‘Hawks and the Redwings play each other six times this coming season. It really is imperative that the Blackhawks win this series as the rest of the division does look rather scary for the Blackhawks.

The central features both teams from last year’s Stanley Cup Final, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Columbus Blue Jackets to name just a few of the teams Chicago will be facing. While there might be a spot or two up for grabs when it comes to the playoffs, Chicago needs a miracle to secure it.

The Redwings roster includes players like Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha, Bobby Ryan, and Robby Fabbri to name a few. This roster is not horribly, but their defensive pairings might be even worse than Chicago’s. Chicago will definitely want to take advantage of the ‘Wings poor defense this coming season when they do face off.

If the Blackhawks are going to be a bottom team this year, at least being able to say that the team beat Detroit in their series will be enough to call this season a win.

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