Hawks get Detroit in second round
The Blackhawks will play the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, sending their long-time rivalry out with a bang.
Seventh-seeded Detroit advanced with a 3-2 win over No. 2 seed Anaheim on Sunday night in Game 7 of that first-round series.
This will be the first playoff meeting between the Hawks and Red Wings since the 2009 Western Conference finals.
The best-of-seven series will start Wednesday night at the United Center with Game 2 on Saturday night. Games 3 and 4 are tentatively set for Monday and Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings are leaving the Western Conference next season for the East.
"They had a big run to get in the playoffs," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You watch them in games and see their intelligence, they know how to win, they know how to play the right way. We know how dangerous they can be."
The Hawks swept the four-game season series with Detroit, but one game went to overtime and two were decided in shootouts. The Hawks have defeated Detroit seven straight games dating back to last season.
Center Dave Bolland will return to the lineup for the Hawks and he expects to be matched against Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk.
"It's actually pretty fun," Bolland said of the assignment of containing Datsyuk. "It gets you ready."