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:
|36-7-5 (1st, Central)||2013 regular season record||24-16-8 (3rd, Central)
|Defeated Wild in 5
||First round||Defeated Ducks in 7
|278-354-84-9||Head-to-Head Reg-Season Record||363-265-84-13|
||Head-to-head postseason record||35-39|
|2010 (Flyers in 6)||Most recent championship
||2008 (Penguins in 6)
||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)|