Andrew Ladd fields questions from the media after a 3-2 win over Washington.
Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.
The Chicago Blackhawks of the present are like the Detroit Red Wings of the past. Chicago is the elite team in the NHL and has been for six seasons, winning the Stanley Cup three times since 2010. The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup three times between 1997 and 2002.
Back in the days of the Original Six, the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings played as often as 14 times a season. Nowadays, they face each other twice. They'll play their two games this season in a span of five days, beginning with the Wednesday Night Rivalry game this week at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports).