August 16, 2018

The Mighty Blackhawks

Here come the Hawks! Hockey will officially be back one month from today with the start of the NHL preseason, so start planning your trip to the United Center soon. The St. Louis Blues will be in town on Saturday, October 13th, followed by the Minnesota Wild on November 18th, the Nashville Predators on December 18th, and of course, the Detroit Red Wings all the way on the 10th of February, so now’s the time to get things booked! In honor of Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita, who passed away at age 78 last Tuesday, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the Blackhawks and their rivals:

  • The rivalry between the Blackhawks and the Red Wings is one of the most prolific in professional sports: no two teams in hockey have played each other more in the regular season, and the two have played multiple times every year since 1926.
  • The Hawks and Red Wings have met in the playoffs sixteen times during that period, most recently in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, when the Blackhawks completed an epic comeback after going down 3 games to 1 and eventually winning their fifth Stanley Cup.
  • Since the Red Wings moved to the Eastern Conference the next season, other heated rivalries have begun to take shape: particularly with the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, and St. Louis Blues, all of whom have met the Blackhawks in the playoffs in recent years.
  • The enmity between the Hawks and the Blues dates back to 1970; since then, the two teams have had more fights and taken more penalties than any other matchup in the league!
  • The Hawks and the Wild met in the playoffs every single year between 2014 and 2016, with the Blackhawks winning each one of the series.
  • Finally, the playoff meetings between the Blackhawks and Predators have resulted in some particularly tense and historic moments over the past few years. The Blackhawks come-from-behind overtime victory in Game 5 of the 2010 quarterfinals may be the most memorable game of the past 50 years in Chicago hockey, and nobody on either side will forget any time soon the Predators’ shocking 4-game sweep of the Hawks on the way to their first-ever Stanley Cup final in 2016

There’s so much hockey history in this town that we could probably run down another fifteen bulletpoints and still have more to go on, but I’ve got other things to do today! Either way, after a disappointing season, we’re all ready to have hockey back in Chicago, but these rivalry games always sell out fast, so take care of business and book your weekend sooner rather than later! Here's their schedule: