The Chicago Blackhawks reach the halfway point of their season Wednesday, and they have yet to lose a game in regulation. But none of their success has come at the expense of the Colorado Avalanche. The teams open a home-and-home series at United Center on this week's NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry before heading to Denver for the rematch on Friday.
Chicago has gotten points in each of its last 29 games, passing the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for sole possession of the second-longest streak in NHL history. However, they've struggled against Colorado -- the Avalanche went 3-1-0 against Chicago in each of the past two seasons and won both trips to the United Center last season.
Here's a statistical look at this week's Rivalry Night matchup:
Avs back on top: Colorado's success against the Blackhawks in the previous two seasons has moved the Avalanche ahead of Chicago in the all-time series between the franchises. The Avalanche, who entered the NHL as the Quebec Nordiques in 1979, have won 52 of the 108 meetings. Chicago has won 47, while nine ended in ties. Colorado has had a more substantial edge since moving to Denver in 1995 -- the Avs have won 36 of the 63 games played, lost 24 and tied three. The Blackhawks have struggled badly in the Mile High City, winning just nine times, losing 20 and tying twice.