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Who didn’t see this one coming?
The greatest rivalry in hockey now has the chance to be showcased on the biggest stage in the game.
In the early days of the sport, when there were only six teams in the league, the Blackhawks played the Red Wings twice for the Stanley Cup (1933-34 and 1960-61), with Chicago coming out the victors both times.
Since the league’s inception, the Blackhawks have met the Red Wings 16 times in the postseason. The team from the Windy City has won nine of those meetings.
Fans don’t have to look that far back to remember one of the greatest playoff series in the teams' histories.
Last year, Brent Seabrook was able to score the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 to propel the Blackhawks to the Western Conference Final after the team was down 3-1 earlier in the series.
With the league’s new realignment structure, the two squads now have the opportunity to bring their storied rivalry to new heights. Even if it may not happen this year, it is inevitable that these two will find themselves playing in what is surely going to be one of the greatest playoff series in all of sports.