Stanley Cup Final

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

Quote of the Day

We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5