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Tale of the Tape: Avalanche vs. Blackhawks

Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 12:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

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Tale of the Tape: Avalanche vs. Blackhawks
Tale of the Tape: Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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)
All-Time Record 2,480-2,528-814-95
52-43-9-4 Head-to-Head Reg-Season Record 47-46-9-6
Head-to-Head Playoff Record
Stanley Cups
9 Hall of Famers
Joe Sakic
Most Famous Alumni
Stan Mikita
Most recent Vezina winner
Ed Belfour ('93)
Playoff wins from '96-08
Playoff wins from '09-present

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You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals