It came down to the wire late Sunday night, but after almost four days of waiting, the Blackhawks now know that they’ll face the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, starting on Wednesday.
While the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry goes back about as far as the teams themselves, this upcoming series will prove to be even more special, with Detroit leaving the conference at season’s end.
Before looking ahead to the series at hand, let’s take a look back at the Blackhawks and Red Wings’ history, by the numbers.
4 – All-time Blackhawks postseason shutouts against the Red Wings. This includes a 1-0 shutout authored by Charlie Gardiner, which clinched the 1934 Stanley Cup championship for Chicago.
+7 – The goal differential for the Blackhawks over the Wings in their 4 games this season, most of any Western Conference playoff team. Four Blackhawks – Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy and Dave Bolland – each notched two goals against their arch-rivals this year.
9 – The most goals ever scored by a Blackhawks team in the postseason, recorded against the Red Wings on April 10, 1985, a 9-5 win. That series, the Blackhawks also scored a team-record 23 goals in the three-game series, and combined for 31 goals between the two teams, also a franchise record.
11-2-2 – Corey Crawford’s career record against Detroit, in which he’s allowed only a 1.82 goals-against average and saved 94.3% of his shots-against. Crawford was victorious in all four starts against Detroit this year. On the other end of the ice, Detroit starter Jimmy Howard is just 4-7-5 all-time against Chicago.
12 – Total all-time overtime games in Blackhawks-Red Wings playoff history. The Blackhawks are 5-7 when a playoff game against Detroit goes into OT. Three of those 12 decisions occurred in the 2009 conference finals, when the Blackhawks went 1-2.
15 – Previous times Chicago and Detroit have met in the postseason; the Blackhawks have taken 8 of those series, including the 1934 and 1961 Stanley Cup Final. The two teams met most recently in the 2009 Western Conference Final, with Detroit taking that series, 4-1.
25 – Number of home postseason victories for Chicago over Detroit, against just 11 losses all-time. In those 36 home contests, the home team outscored their winged rivals 126-93. In contrast, Detroit has taken 24 of 38 in their building, 116 goals to 94.
33 – Career points for Patrick Sharp (15G, 18A) against Detroit, most of any active Blackhawk. Patrick Kane (28), Brent Seabrook (26), Duncan Keith (25) and Marian Hossa (23) rank behind him.