Red Wings aren't even mentioned because they are no longer in the West. That rivalry has essentially been killed I think.
Doesn't matter that Red Wings aren't in our conference any more. We have a lot of history with them being original 6 team like us. And LOTS of bad blood between both teams. I'm a season ticket holder for the Hawks and have been for years so I live in the United Center and I can tell you firsthand that the Detroit rivalry is strong and always will be.
I understand that there is bad blood...and I'm well aware of the rivalry you guys have with Detroit.
But what I am saying is that don't be surprised if that rivalry diminishes over time due to the fact you'll only play them twice a year and you won't ever face them in the playoffs unless you meet in the finals.
I've always hated...I mean HATED the Blackhawks. I hated the Hawks during the Roenick, Larmer, Graham, Belfour days with a passion...so that was back in the late 80's when that started for me. I was at the game #4 sweep of the Hawks when Janney put the puck by Belfour in OT to clinch the series.
But when the Hawks were pretty bad and the Blues were doing well, the Hawks just didn't bring the fire and passion out of Blues fans as much. The Red Wings were the Blues #1 rival at that time because both clubs were battling for the division and met numerous times in the playoffs. The Blackhawk rivalry was smoldering in the background. But now the Blues and Hawks are both very good...the games mean something, the are fiercely competitive, it's physical and they are in a fierce playoff series right now...so the rivalry is officially back...not that it really ever went away, it was just on vacation.
You may not feel the Blues are the Hawks top rival...to each their own, but Blues fans RIGHT NOW, have the Blackhawks as enemy #1. And that will be the case next year and for years to come as well...especially after Seabrook's hit on Backes, Bickell's knee on knee on Sobotka, Quenneville's crotch grab, Keith's chirping of Backes and his slash happy fest that he has going on.
And the whole Vancouver thing...bah. Everyone hates Vancouver with a passion. They are everyone's rival.
Blues fans are pissed.
And I bet you dollars to donuts, should the Blues win this series, a lot more Blackhawk fans will consider the Blues a huge rival next season (but most probably do already).
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