Of course, that was in 2009, and this is now.
The Blackhawks scored the most points in the NHL this season (77) en route to the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. They finished off the regular season going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
The Red Wings, on the other hand, secured a playoff spot in the last game of the regular season.
But Detroit's thrilling 4-3 series win over the No. 2 seed Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs gives the team hope. The Red Wings proved that they could defy the odds after emerging with four one-goal victories in the series.
Of course, Chicago played like the No. 1 seed that it is against the Minnesota Wild in the first round, winning the series in five games. Chicago's offense (averaging 3.4 goals per game in the playoffs) will surely test Detroit's defense. Chicago's defense also allowed a minuscule 1.4 goals per game against the Wild.
Chicago won all four regular-season matchups. The Blackhawks won three of those games by one goal. Their matchup March 31 at Joe Louis Arena was a 7-1 thrashing.
Here's a look at the Red Wings' second-round schedule, complete with players to watch below.
When: May 15 - May 29 (if necessary)
Watch: NBC Sports, NBC, CBC
Live Stream: NHL.com
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings (via NHL.com)
|1||Chicago||Wednesday, May 15||8 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|2||Chicago||Saturday, May 18||1 p.m.||NBC, CBC|
|3||Detroit||Monday, May 20||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|4||Detroit||Thursday, May 23||8 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|5*||Chicago||Saturday, May 25||TBD||CBC|
|6*||Detroit||Monday, May 27||TBD||CBC|
|7*||Chicago||Wednesday, May 29||TBD||CBC |
Players to Watch
Pavel Datsyuk, C, Red Wings
Pavel Datsyuk led the Red Wings with 49 points during the regular season (15 goals, 34 assists). He notched seven points (two goals, five assists) in the first round. He was huge for the Red Wings in Game 6 against Anaheim, notching three points (one goal, two assists) in the 4-3 overtime victory.
Detroit ranked 19th in goals per game during the regular season. Datsyuk's playmaking ability is a crucial part of keeping them in games.
Henrik Zetterberg, C, Red Wings
Henrik Zetterberg was second on the team with 48 points during the regular season (11 goals, 37 assists). He led the team with eight points in the first round (three goals, five assists). Seven of those points came in Games 5 through 7, displaying the veteran's savvy.
Zetterberg is another guy who has to step up in the second round for the Red Wings to oust the Blackhawks.
Corey Crawford, G, Blackhawks
Corey Crawford has been sensational thus far in the playoffs, allowing 1.32 goals per game and saving 95 percent of shot attempts. In the last two games of the series against the Wild, he stopped 46 of 47 shot attempts, effectively putting a stranglehold on Minnesota's offense.
Crawford was also spectacular during the regular season, saving 92.3 percent of shot attempts (tied for fifth in the NHL).
Patrick Sharp, C, Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp notched six points (five goals, one assist) during the first round, tied for the team lead. All of those points came in the final four games of the series.
Sharp only had 20 points during the regular season, but the 31-year-old has turned it on in the playoffs.
Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks
Patrick Kane didn't do a whole in the final two games of the series against the Wild, but the 24-year-old has the talent to simply take over games.
During the regular season, Kane racked up 55 points (23 goals, 32 assists), fifth in the NHL. He finished up the regular season with four points in his last two contests.
Kane needs to be accounted for at all times. He can be a devastating playmaker.
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