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Wings, Hawks: A rivalry renewed

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
Niklas Kronwall has had his fair share of run-ins with the Blackhawks during his NHL career with the Red Wings. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – Two of the NHL’s greatest franchises will renew their longstanding rivalry this week when they face-off in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks have met 799 times and 15 previous times in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including the 2009 conference finals won by Detroit in five games.

In the history of the league, only Montreal and Boston have played more often than Detroit and Chicago.

Wednesday’s Game 1 at the United Center will be the 75th playoff game against the two Original Six clubs. The Blackhawks hold an 8-7 playoff series edged, winning 39 games against Detroit.

The Red Wings were 0-1-3 against the Blackhawks this season and only the game on March 31 wasn't decided by one-goal. In that game, played on Easter Sunday, the Hawks stormed into Joe Louis Arena before heading home with a 7-1 victory.

Still, Wings goalie Jimmy Howard thinks it will be a closely contended series.

“I expect it to be tight. We're going to have to play our systems very well and pay attention to details," Howard said. "They're very good at the transition game. Their D like to join the rush. They throw pucks from everywhere. You can't give them power plays. They can put both units on the ice, doesn't matter, both units have skill.''

Former Red Wings forward Marian Hossa concurred.

“Maybe we’ve had their number, even this season, but they were all tight games except one," said Hossa, who had six points in the Blackhawks first-round series win over Minnesota. "They’re playing extremely well from what I saw in the playoffs against Anaheim. We’re going to need to elevate our game.”

Here is a breakdown of the current teams, as well as a historic look back at their playoff rivalry:

2013 Regular-Season Rankings and Statistics

Goals/Game: DET – 20 / 2.54; CHI – 2 / 3.10

Goals Against/Game: DET –5 / 2.29; CHI – 1 / 2.02

Power Play: DET – 15 / 18.9%; CHI – 19 / 16.7%

Penalty Kill: DET – 12 / 81.7%; CHI – 3 / 87.2%

Shots/Game: DET – 10 / 30.1; CHI – 5 / 31.1

Shots Against/Game: DET – 7 / 27.5; CHI – 4 / 26.2

Faceoffs: DET – 10t/ 50.8%; CHI – 10t / 50.8%

Postseason Statistics

Goals/Game: DET – 2.57; CHI – 3.40

Goals Against/Game: DET – 3.00; CHI – 1.40

Power Play: DET – 24.0%; CHI – 15.4%

Penalty Kill: DET – 72.0%; CHI – 100.0

Shots/Game: DET – 31.1; CHI – 33.8

Shots Against/Game: DET – 32.1; CHI – 27.8

Faceoffs: DET – 51.8%; CHI – 49.8

Head to Head Score by Period

DET: 0 – 2 – 3 (0 OT / 0 SO): 5

CHI: 4 – 3 – 5 (1 OT / 2 SO): 15

Head to Head Shots by Period

DET: 31 – 49 – 42 – 4 = 126

CHI: 44 – 32 – 33 – 5 = 114

Head to Head Power Plays

DET: 1-15

CHI: 2-11

Head to Head Results

January 27, 2013 – United Center

Detroit 1 (Franzen)

Chicago 2 (Keith, Leddy)

SOG: DET – 30; CHI – 27

PP: DET – 0/6; CHI – 1/3

March 3, 2013 – Joe Louis Arena

Chicago 2 (Kane, Kane SOGW)

Detroit 1 (Tatar)

Chicago won shootout, 1-0

SOG: DET – 33; CHI – 33

PP: DET – 0/2; CHI – 1/5

March 31 – Joe Louis Arena

Chicago 7 (Morin, Saad X2, Bolland X2, Toews, Leddy)

Detroit 1 (Emmerton)

SOG: DET – 34; CHI – 26

PP: DET – 0/2; CHI 0/0

April 12, 2013 – United Center

Detroit 2 (Franzen, Emmerton)

Chicago 3 (Stalberg, Toews, Saad SOGW)

Chicago won shootout, 2-1

SOG: DET – 29; CHI – 28

PP: DET – 1/5; CHI – 0/3

2013 Playoffs – Western Conference Quarterfinals

No. 7 Detroit vs. No. 2 Anaheim
Game 1: Detroit 1 at Anaheim 3
Game 2: Detroit 5 at Anaheim 4 (OT)
Game 3: Anaheim 4 vs. Detroit 0
Game 4: Anaheim 2 vs. Detroit 3 (OT)
Game 5: Detroit 2 at Anaheim 3 (OT)
Game 6: Anaheim 3 vs. Detroit 4 (OT)
Game 7: Detroit 3 at Anaheim 2
(Detroit won series, 4-3)

No. 8 Minnesota vs. No. 1 Chicago
Game 1: Minnesota 1 at Chicago 2 (OT)
Game 2: Minnesota 2 at Chicago 5
Game 3: Chicago 2 vs. Minnesota 3 (OT)
Game 4: Chicago 3 vs. Minnesota 0
Game 5: Minnesota 1 at Chicago 5
(Chicago won series, 4-1)

Red Wings-Blackhawks Playoff History

2009 Western Conference Finals
May 17: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 5
May 19: Chicago 2, vs. Detroit 3 (OT)
May 22: Detroit 3 at Chicago 4 (OT)
May 24: Detroit 6 at Chicago 1
May 27: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 2 (OT)
(Detroit won series, 4-1)

1995 Western Conference Finals
June 1: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 2 (OT)
June 4: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 3
June 6: Detroit 4 at Chicago 3 (OT)
June 8: Detroit 2 at Chicago 5
June 11: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 2 (OT)
(Detroit won series, 4-1)

1992 Norris Division Finals
May 2: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 1
May 4: Chicago 3 vs. Detroit 1
May 6: Detroit 4 at Chicago 5
May 8: Detroit 0 at Chicago 1
(Chicago won series, 4-0)

1989 Norris Division Semifinals
April 5: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 3
April 6: Chicago 5 vs. Detroit 4 (OT)
April 8: Detroit 2 at Chicago 4
April 10: Detroit 2 at Chicago 3
April 11: Chicago 4 vs. Detroit 6
April 13: Detroit 1 at Chicago 7
(Chicago won series, 4-2)

1987 Norris Division Semifinals
April 8: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 3
April 9: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 5
April 11: Detroit 4 at Chicago 3 (OT)
April 12: Detroit 3 at Chicago 1
(Detroit won series, 4-0)

1985 Norris Division Semifinals
April 10: Detroit 5 at Chicago 9
April 11: Detroit 1 at Chicago 6
April 13: Chicago 8 vs. Detroit 2
(Chicago won series, 3-0)

1970 East Division Quarterfinals
April 8: Detroit 2 at Chicago 4
April 9: Detroit 2 at Chicago 4
April 11: Chicago 4 vs. Detroit 2
April 12: Chicago 4 vs. Detroit 2
(Chicago won series, 4-0)

1966 Stanley Cup Semifinals
April 7: Detroit 1 at Chicago 2
April 10: Detroit 7 at Chicago 0
April 12: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 1
April 14: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 5
April 17: Detroit 5 at Chicago 3
April 19: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 3
(Detroit won series, 4-2)

1965 Stanley Cup Semifinals
April 1: Chicago 3 vs. Detroit 4
April 4: Chicago 3 vs. Detroit 6
April 6: Detroit 2 at Chicago 5
April 8: Detroit 1 at Chicago 2
April 11: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 4
April 13: Detroit 0 at Chicago 4
April 15: Chicago 4 vs. Detroit 2
(Chicago won series, 4-3)

1964 Stanley Cup Semifinals
March 26: Detroit 1 at Chicago 4
March 29: Detroit 5 at Chicago 4
March 31: Chicago 0 vs. Detroit 3
April 2: Chicago 3 vs. Detroit 2 (OT)
April 5: Detroit 2 at Chicago 3
April 7: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 7
April 9: Detroit 4 at Chicago 2
(Detroit won series, 4-3)

1963 Stanley Cup Semifinals
March 26: Detroit 4 at Chicago 5
March 28: Detroit 2 at Chicago 5
March 31: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 4
April 2: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 4
April 4: Detroit 4 at Chicago 2
April 7: Chicago 4 vs. Detroit 7
(Detroit won series, 4-2)

1961 Stanley Cup Finals
April 6: Detroit 2 at Chicago 3
April 8: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 3
April 10: Detroit 1 at Chicago 3
April 12: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 2
April 14: Detroit 3 at Chicago 6
April 16: Chicago 5 vs. Detroit 1
(Chicago won series, 4-2)

1944 Stanley Cup Semifinals
March 21: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 1
March 23: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 4
March 26: Detroit 0 at Chicago 2
March 28: Detroit 1 at Chicago 7
March 30: Chicago 5 vs. Detroit 2
(Chicago won series, 4-1)

1941 Stanley Cup Semifinals
March 27: Chicago 1 vs. Detroit 3
March 30: Detroit 2 at Chicago 1 (OT)
(Detroit won series, 2-0)

1934 Stanley Cup Finals
April 3: Chicago 2 vs. Detroit 1
April 5: Chicago 4 vs. Detroit 1
April 8: Detroit 5 at Chicago 2
April 10: Detroit 0 at Chicago 1 (OT)
(Chicago won series, 3-1)

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