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Tale of the Tape: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

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Tale of the Tape: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings
When the Blackhawks meet the Red Wings for Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal series Wednesday it will be their 800th all-time meeting.

When the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings open their Western Conference Semifinal series Tuesday with Game 1 at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS), the Original Six rivals will be meeting on the 87th anniversary of the day they entered the NHL together, and for the 800th time in their storied histories.

This is the 16th occasion in which the Blackhawks and Red Wings have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blackhawks have an 8-7 all-time series edge, but the Red Wings beat them in five games in the most recent matchup, in the 2009 Western Conference Finals.

Detroit is set to move to the Eastern Conference as the League realigns for the 2013-14 season, so any future postseason matchups against Chicago would have to occur in the Stanley Cup Final.

Here's a look at how the franchises -- which entered the League together on Sept. 25, 1926 -- stack up against one another:

WSH   PHI
36-7-5 (1st, Central) 2013 regular season record 24-16-8 (3rd, Central)
Defeated Wild in 5
First round Defeated Ducks in 7
2,496-2,535-814-97 All-Time Record 2,735-2,300-815-92
278-354-84-9 Head-to-Head Reg-Season Record 363-265-84-13
39-35
Head-to-head postseason record 35-39
4 Stanley Cups 11
2010 (Flyers in 6) Most recent championship
2008 (Penguins in 6)
49
Hall of Famers 70
Kane (52 points)
Active playoff scoring leader
Zetterberg (102 points)
Mikita (150 points)
All-time playoff scoring leader
Yzerman (185 points)

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