Chicago fans have already seen the intensity that a rivalry has in a playoff setting–look no further than the Chicago Bulls playing the Miami Heat in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the NBA. But the rivalry between the Heat and Bulls has nothing on the rivalry that will be renewed in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 7-seeded Detroit Red Wings defeated the 2-seeded Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in game 7 on Sunday to advance to the second round and play the Blackhawks. For the Blackhawks, a series against the Red Wings is far more ideal than a series against the San Jose Sharks.
The Blackhawks swept the regular season series against the Red Wings by winning all four games that the team played against each other. Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford was pivotal to the Blackhawks’ regular season sweep of the Red Wings as the goalie held the Red Wings to a combined total of 5 goals in the four games.
There is no question though that the Stanley Cup playoffs is far different from the regular season. The Red Wings are a veteran team that typically finds success in the playoffs. Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard has been the reason behind the Red Wings’ success in the playoffs and figures to be a key for the Blackhawks.
While the full schedule of the series has not been released, word going around Detroit is that the series will start in Chicago on Wednesday and Saturday. Nonetheless, the NHL is expected to announce the second round schedule on Monday.