2013 NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks Preview

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An old rivalry is rekindled as the #1 seed Chicago Blackhawks meet #7 Detroit in the playoffs for the 16th time in the storied history of these two franchises. Chicago holds a 8-7 edge in series victories, so do the Red Wings stand a chance at evening the score?

The Stats

Detroit Red Wings Chicago Blackhawks
Record 24-16-8 13th 36-7-5 1st
GF/Game 2.54 19th 3.10 2nd
GA/Game 2.29 5th 2.02 1st
5-on-5 SF/60 29.9 11th 30.6 6th
5-on-5 SA/60 27.7 11th 25.2 4th
Fenwick Close 53.92 5th 55.80 2nd
5-on-5 Save % .932 2nd .927 8th
5-on-4 GF/60 6.4 14th 4.6 27th
# of PP's/Gm 3.85 2nd 3.12 23rd
4-on-5 GA/60 6.4 15th 4.7 4th
# of PK's/Gm 3.42 19th 2.94 4th

There's good reason why the Blackhawks ran away with the best record in the league this season, as they're getting the job done at both ends of the ice. Their special teams haven't been amazing, but they tend to keep the game played at 5-on-5 more than other teams.

The Blackhawks took all four matchups against the Red Wings this season, by a total combined score of 14-5 (although two of those wins were by shootout, and another was in overtime).

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Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings came out on top of a tense 7-game battle with the Anaheim Ducks, and one has to think that all the pressure is now off this team. They proved doubters wrong just by making the post-season in the wake of Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement, and pulled off an upset in a hard-fought playoff series. Anything they achieve in Round 2 is pretty much gravy at this point.

Chicago Blackhawks

It's "so far, so good" for the Hawks, who cruised through the regular season and then defeated the Minnesota Wild in five games to start their playoff run.

Despite their stellar record and absurd depth up front, not all is well in Chicagoland, and the story heading into this series is that sniper Viktor Stalberg has been benched, for Game One at least, by head coach Joel Quenneville.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Detroit Red Wings TV schedule

Date Time (CTL) Location TV
Wednesday, May 15 7:00 p.m. Chicago NBCSN, CBC
Saturday, May 18 Noon Chicago NBC, CBC
Monday, May 20 6:30 p.m. Detroit NBCSN, CBC
Thursday, May 23 7:00 p.m. Detroit NBCSN, CBC
* Saturday, May 25 TBD Chicago CBC, TBD
* Monday, May 27 TBD Detroit CBC, TBD
* Wednesday, May 29 TBD Chicago CBC, TBD

OTF Staff Picks

Picks Winner Comment
Dirk Chicago This will be a much tougher matchup for Detroit due to the greater depth the Blackhawks have relative to Anaheim. Chicago wins pretty handily.
Jonathan Chicago Chicago did exactly what a Presidents' Trophy winner is supposed to do in the first round and neither Kane or Toews are firing on all cylinders. That could be potentially scary for them as they move on, or even scarier for the Red Wings. In the regular season, all but one game was decided in OT/SO, and I don't see that changing in the series more than maybe once. The Wings are rolling and Howard is the better goalie, but Chicago hasn't done anything to disprove they are the favorite in the Conference. Hawks in 6.
Chris Chicago Chicago proved they are the best team in the NHL against a dynamic Minnesota team. I don't see the Redwings getting to six games. Hawks in five.
George Chicago Henrik Zetterberg finally stepped up and did what a captain is supposed to do, leading the Wings to victory over the Ducks, and even Jimmy Howard put up an uncharacteristically consistent performance between the pipes. But Joel Quenneville's Blackhawks are a more gifted, more well-coached squad than Bruce Boudreau's Ducks. Chicago takes this one in 6.
Jason Chicago I don't think I'll watch one game of this series. Hawks in 6.

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