Is it okay now for hockey fans in Chicago to root, sort of, for the St. Louis Blues?
Wait. Please don't leave. This is just a one-timer, and for two weeks max. Then you can all return to regularly scheduled hostility.
It's just that, with the Blues involved in the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, maybe supporters of the Blackhawks can briefly shelve past grudges and support a vintage rival? It's about pride in the Western Conference, the Central Division, time zone bias. Besides, if the Bruins prevail, it will mean three current champions in one city, along with the Red Sox and Patriots. Is this necessary? That hasn't happened since the mid-1930s, when Detroit's Tigers, Lions and Red Wings ruled simultaneously.
Also, during this past regular season, St. Louis won just one of five games against the Blackhawks. Bragging rights. That matters too, no?