Moments after eliminating Anaheim, the questions came flying to Red Wings players and coaches: How about facing the Chicago Blackhawks? If nothing else, it'll be an exciting Original Six battle. "It'll be exciting for us and for our fans," forward Justin Abdelkader said. "With us moving to the East (Conference) next season, we get another crack at them. It's going to be a lot of fun. Both teams know each other so well. There will be no secrets." The Blackhawks swept the season series from the Red Wings, winning all four games. But take that with a grain of salt. Only one game was a blowout, a 7-1 Blackhawks victory at Joe Louis Arena March 31. The other three games were all tied after regulation with one game decided in overtime and two in a shootout. This was actually a closely contested series. "Every game was a tight game," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "It should be a good match up." But the Blackhawks didn't earn the league's best record for nothing. "It's going to be another hard-fought series," goalie Jimmy Howard said. "We'll have our hands full. They're a deep team at every single position."
Red Wings eager to renew acquaintances with Original Six foe
Detroit News | May 13