This week's edition of NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry pits the Colorado Avalanche against the Chicago Blackhawks, a pair of Western Conference foes separated by 21 points in the standings.
They aren't division rivals, but these teams met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in consecutive seasons in 1996 and 1997, the Avalanche's first in Colorado after moving from Quebec. The Avs won both series, winning the Stanley Cup in 1996 and reaching the conference finals in 1997.
While the Avs were dominating the NHL until the early part of the last decade, the Blackhawks were scuffling. The script has been flipped, as now the Blackhawks have become postseason regulars as the Avs haven't won a postseason series since 2008.
Perhaps with the Blackhawks looking like the class of the West and the Avs signing Ryan O'Reilly, they could meet again in a first-round matchup.
|8-9-4 (5th, Northwest)||Current Record||20-0-3 (1st, Central)|
|52-43-9-4||Head-to-Head Reg-Season Record||47-46-9-6|
||Head-to-Head Playoff Record
|9||Hall of Famers
||Most Famous Alumni
||Most recent Vezina winner
||Ed Belfour ('93)
||Playoff wins from '96-08
||Playoff wins from '09-present