Since realignment has separated the two original franchises, the Chicago Blackhawks in the West and the Detroit Red Wings in the East, the rivals are limited to just two matchups a year in the regular season.
One was last night in Detroit and the next will be in Chicago on February 25th. These games are already circled on the calendars for fans trying to keep the fire and spirit of the rivalry alive. However, in the second matchup, the Madhouse on Madison might be as mad as it has ever been.
February 25th will be a day to remember for Chicago Blackhawks fans.
It was already announced earlier this year that the Blackhawks planned to retire legendary defenseman Chris Chelios’ number 7 the night the Red Wings, the team he was infamously traded to, came to town. It was already poised to be an electric night.
Then, the realization set in that former Blackhawk fan favorite Alex DeBrincat, who signed in Detroit this offseason, would be in the house for the unforgettable night. But now, after the news that broke earlier this week, the night has become legendary.
For the first time since being traded to the New York Rangers last season, Patrick Kane has signed with the Detroit Red Wings and is expected to be suiting up for the enemy in his return to the United Center. This might be the weirdest imaging since Michael Jordan on the Wizards.
Ticket prices on the secondary market have obviously skyrocketed. If you can find a way in, being there will be a lifetime memory to share with anyone you can. If you cannot spring it, find a bar and a friend and watch in awe and wonder.