Hawks will miss the Red Wings
The Red Wings will be leaving the Western Conference after this season when the NHL realigns, but for the Blackhawks there’s always Vancouver.
“I think in this era, that new rivalry is us and the Canucks,” center Dave Bolland said. “It’s a great rivalry and we’ve played them so many times and had so many battles. Just the hatred between both teams is great for the league and great for the fans.
“It’s two teams that go out and battle their hearts out, one team wants to win and will slash and hit and do whatever it can to get that.”
That doesn't mean Bolland won't miss playing Detroit.
"For sure, I'm going to miss them," Bolland said. "It's always been a great rivalry. Now we'll only see them twice when they move over (to the East). I'm a little heartbroken."
Patrick Sharp also will miss seeing the Red Wings five and six times a season.
“I don’t mind the new realignment the league decided to go with, but the one thing that does (stink) is not playing the Red Wings a number of times,” Sharp said. “I like going to Detroit and playing in their building and I like when they come here. They’re fun games to play in.”