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Wings, Hawks prepare for final fight as division rivals

May 13, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings approaches the puck as Michal Handzus #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks follows along side during the NHL game on April 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

When the 2013-14 campaign starts, the Detroit Red Wings will be in the Eastern Conference. It seems only appropriate then that they get one final series against their soon-to-be former division rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It’ll be exciting for us and for our fans,” Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader told the Detroit News.

“Both teams know each other so well,” Abdelkader added. “There will be no secrets.”

These squads faced each other four times in the regular season and Chicago won every game. That being said, three of those four contests went to overtime. The only exception was the Blackhawks’ 7-1 victory on March 31.

“It’s going to be another hard-fought series,” Jimmy Howard said. “We’ll have our hands full. They’re a deep team at every single position.”

The respect runs both ways for these teams.

“They had a big run to get in the playoffs, and you watch them in games, you know how they’re intelligent, they know how to win, they know how to play the right way,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Detroit in a Chicago Sun-Times report. “They keep themselves in the play. We know how dangerous they can be.”

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp added that the Red Wings are a “resilient” team that avoids changing the way they play regardless of whether they’re winning or losing.

“That’s one of the reasons why they’ve been successful for a long time,” Sharp commented.

The series will start on Wednesday, according to the Red Wings’ Twitter feed.

  1. isithockeyseasonyet - May 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Can’t wait for this one

  2. groleo45 - May 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Should be an excellent series. My pick–Wings in 6.

    And for all the forthcoming talk about Blackhawk depth– I expect Detroit’s 4th to rebound nicely as the Hawks do not have anyone nearly as talented as Etem coming out. Dude was an absolute beast in that series.

    • esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      One last hoorah…Hawks in 5

    • no - May 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      yeah definitely! they stopped one guy having a break out series, thus they’ll have no problem with the “lack of depth” fleshed out by stalberg, bickell, shaw, handzus, Kruger, carcillo…

      should I keep going or have you, at this juncture, realized the extent of your ignorance?

      • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Can you smell the smug coming off of this “no” guy? Yeah, me too, it’s rank.

        Those are alright players, nothing great. Anaheim had better depth. I doubt it will be the depth deciding this series.

      • no - May 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        and I, in turn, detect rancid ignorance on your corpse

        the wings are the steve nash of hockey

      • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        People still talk like that on the internet? I thought we were over trying to sound like they lived in the 1800s. Back then they did it because if you didn’t speak like that you got shiv’d. What’s your excuse?

      • eonbluekarma - May 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        They only player on the list that is remotely impressive is no one.

      • no - May 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        nice job confusing “multi syllabic” with “archaic”

        appears you’ve spent a good deal of time committing yourself to ignorance. im sure if you watch this whole series, you’ll come back and repent to me for your sins against hockey

        i shall always forgive, my child

  3. polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    The Wings are playing their best hockey of the season.

    Chicago is awesome and strong… but the Wings can be good enough, if there is NO let up and they eliminate the foolish O zone turnovers, and start strong.

    Bring back Helm for this one!!!

    Let’s Go Red Wings!!!

  4. valoisvipers - May 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Great that these two team get to meet before the Wings head off back to the East Conference. Two great fan bases and home games are must wins for both teams.This has all the makings of a “must watch series” and could be one for the ages.

  5. comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    The separation of Seabrook and Keith gave the Blackhawks two quality starting-caliber defensive lines with Seabrook/Leddy and Keith/Hjalmarsson. I think it will play a big role. I’d love to see this go six or seven to give it proper sendoff.

    (Also, as this series goes on, so does the focus on how stupid it was break these guys up the first place.)

  6. fusionix7 - May 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The Wings forced 3 OT’s in the regular season against the Hawks with a depleted makeshift lineup. Now they have as close to a complete roster as they have had all season. It will definitely be an exciting series.

    Wings get a bit of a break with scheduling as well. With a two day break between games 1 and 2 they have four days off this week to heal after a long grueling series with Anaheim.

  7. dtownbeatdown - May 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    No doubt Chicago is talented, the won the presidents trophy! Which proves nothing (unless you are the Red Wings, last 2 president cup trophy winners/cup winners) once playoffs start, clean slate. To the Chicago fans thinking this is going to be an easy series, well your ignorance is showing. I would like nothing more then the Wings to spoil the Blackhawks chances to going to another cup final. I didn’t have high hopes for the Wings this year, so most fans are just really enjoying the fact that they have made it this far, we are not used to being the underdog and it feels that much better to pull out wins. Last 11 games we are 8-3… We were in the playoffs before the playoffs even started. This team is on a roll, and I wouldn’t be so confident if I were the Hawks fans. Wings have nothing to lose, and Hawks have everything to prove.

  8. wingsfan13 - May 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    The Hawks are very deep at every position, they have played great this whole shortened season. However, I can remember more than once my own wings being favored in the playoffs only to me ousted early. All the smug Chicago fans just beware ANYTHING can happen in the playoffs, remember just last year an 8th seed won it all. GO WINGS !!!!! and good luck to the Hawks may the best team win.

  9. se7enbladez - May 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    People put so much on how Kings won as an 8th seed. People. Kings were preseason cup favorites. They needed one piece to take it to the top. As for this series. Didn’t you just give up 20 goals to the Ducks. I know Wild are not scoring machine, but to only give up 7 in 5 games is very good. Also I’m sorry but defenses aren’t on the same level. Forwards depth does go to Chicago. 1 factor is most of this team will remember 2009.

  10. adambballn - May 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    • imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Everyone hates Jeremy Piven. Little man syndrome, just like Chicago. I’d love to see the Rangers’ equivalent, “I remember dad chanting ‘beat your wife, Potvin.'”

    • eonbluekarma - May 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130423/BLOGS02/130429936/new-york-times-reviewer-i-feel-sorry-for-chicago

      Proves the ignorance of Chicagoan’s. The last line of article tries to dismiss the discussion. I lived and went to school in Chicago for 4 years, and the criticism are valid in my opinion.

      • eonbluekarma - May 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        criticisms

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