Why the Detroit Red Wings Must Beat the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday

March 6th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
It's funny just how recently it was that the Red Wings main concern in March was whether or not they would finish the season first in the West and President's Trophy winners and the Blackhawks' preoccupation was finding a way to stay in the playoff picture.

Well, maybe it isn't funny.

Yeah, "depressing" is probably more appropriate.

As Detroit maintains a very tenuous grasp on the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, the Blackhawks sit atop the Western Conference standings and are just three points behind Washington for first overall.

Talk about role reversal.

When this historic rivalry renews itself on Sunday, the Red Wings will have more than one reason to play like it's 2008.

First, and this actually applies to both sides, pride is on the line.

The "big brother/little brother" relationship that has existed between the Wings and Hawks, respectively, over the past few seasons is still in effect.

However, "little brother" is getting bigger, stronger and smarter and is learning to enjoy kicking the crap out of "big brother" on a regular basis.

While the Red Wings want to ...

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