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Seeds of hate: What fuels the heated Blackhawks-Detroit rivalry?

March 04, 2012|RedEye

The Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings rivalry is an old one. It dates back to 1926, in fact, when the teams joined the NHL.

With so much history between them, it's easy to see why fans resort to the tried-and-true "De-troit sucks" chant when the Blackhawks play the Red Wings.

On Sunday, the two met again. And, as always it seems, it was a big game. The Hawks are fighting or a playoff spot while the Red Wings are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. In the end, the Blackhawks helped their cause with a 2-1 win, adding more fuel to the rivalry's fire.

Even before Sunday's result, there were plenty of reasons Blackhawks fans hate—or strongly dislike—the Red Wings.

Here's a refresher why.

They're good

Yes, it pains most fans to admit it, but the Red Wings always seem to be a contender for either the Central Division title or the Stanley Cup altogether. This season is no exception, with the Wings atop the division.

Those ugly unis

The Red Wings' all-red home uniforms, besides begging for a little variety, look like something the Soviet Union should have worn back in the day.

Niklas Kronwall

This guy. He always has a big hit reserved for a Blackhawk. Remember the 2009 playoffs when he crushed Martin Havlat?

Cup checks

The Red Wings have 11 Stanley Cup titles. The Blackhawks have four.

Game 1

The first ever Chicago Black Hawks (that's what they were called in 1926) loss was to the Detroit Cougars. It's gone downhill ever since.


The Blackhawks' record against Detroit is 272-354-84-9. That translates to not good.

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