2014 NHL Winter Classic: Red Wings vs Maple Leafs WORLD RECORD CROWD


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The 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs might set the new world record for hockey attendance. It will be a home game for the Wings, held at Michigan Stadium, The Big House. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic comes to the home of the Wolverines, which also holds the current record for outdoor hockey attendance: 2011, The Big Chill, Michigan vs Michigan State.

The current forecast for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic says 19 degrees for a high with a 60% chance of snow showers. This Original Six match-up, and the first WC with a Canadian club, will be New Year’s Day on NBC. Here’s the 2014 NHL Winter Classic preview.

And now I give you the preview from the gentlemen who will be calling the game for The Peacock.

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2014 Winter Classic: Wings vs. Leafs preview


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The 2014 Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown. It will be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football.

Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would is the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State and it is the current world record holder for attendance (104, 173) at a hockey game. The 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.

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Blackhawks, Badgers icon Chris Chelios enters Hall of Fame


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Chris Chelios entering the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is a special moment for the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Wisconsin Badgers. Chelios is the first UW hockey alum enshrined alongside the likes of Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux.

Chelios skated in his record-tying 26th and final season in the NHL during the 2009-10 campaign. He accrued 1,651 regular-season games and 1,917 total games, finally retiring at the age of 48.

The Chris Chelios resume highlights are: three-time Stanley Cup champion, three-time Norris Trophy winner, four-time U.S. Olympian, three-time U.S. Olympic captain and 1983 NCAA champion.

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2013 Mock NHL Draft Final


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The NHL Draft is almost here.  The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks,  and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft.  This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and  your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day.  Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years.  The question is who will go where?  To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: backdrop for International Donut Wars


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Happy National Donut Day! There’s currently an international battle for donut supremacy being waged. And all of must take a side.

This donut war is being waged right in front of our eyes; every time we watch hockey. Every time you turn on NBC Sports to watch a hockey playoff game, take notice of the Tim Horton’s billboard in the corner of the rink.

Then look closer to center ice to see the Dunkin’ Donuts ad. Yes, for the first time since the War of 1812, the United States and Canada are at each other’s throats.

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Chicago Blackhawks stave off elimination in game six


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The Chicago Blackhawks waited until the third period to turn on the desperation, but hey, whatever works.

The Blackhawks did well to score first on the road against the Detroit Red Wings, but were outplayed going into the third period. The unlikely trio of Michal Handzus, Bryan Bickell, and Michael Frolik scored consecutively to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win.

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Blackhawks: Presidents Trophy curse and Elimination Ambivalence


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For the Chicago Blackhawks, or any NHL team, the Presidents’ Trophy is a meaningless piece of hardware. In hockey, the Stanley Cup tournament of elimination is what truly matters.

For whatever reason, the Stanley Cup playoffs lends itself to #8 seeds commonly upsetting #1. We’ve never had a #16 seed beat a #1 seed in March Madness, the national college basketball single elimination extravaganza.

Ever.

Yet in hockey, in a best-of-seven, it happens all the time. The chances are much lower in a best of seven than a one-and-done. Yet, the odds are defied repeatedly on the ice.

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Blackhawks choke on Wings; hey Detroit was going to win 1 at least


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Hey, you knew the Detroit Red Wings were going to win one of these games; at least. The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t going to sweep them. This is the Western Conference semi-finals; this is where we separate the wheat from the chafe.

At least Kaner found the net today. It’s kind of important to get Patrick Kane going in these NHL Playoffs.

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Chicago Blackhawks Stalberg benched for game one


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Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced after the team’s morning skate that forward Viktor Stalberg will not play game one versus the Detroit Red Wings.

 While Quenneville did not disclose any information on his decision, Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc tweeted that Stalberg questioned his role with the team. If this is true, the benching is warranted and could signal the end of Viktor’s Blackhawks playing days.

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Chicago Blackhawks- Detroit Red Wings conference semis preview


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The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings will wage battle one last time as conference, divisional opponents. On the verge of game one, it is only appropriate to take a look at this Original Six playoff series.

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Blackhawks fan goes into labor at Playoff game; stays to watch (video)


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This is one dedicated Chicago Blackhawks fan. Donna Lebano is probably Blackhawks fan of the year! This Mother’s Day was extra special for her as she welcomed Owen Michael into the world Thursday night.

Lebano, Blackhawks fan extraordinaire, took in the Hawks defeat of the Minnesota Wild May 9th at the United Center. The Blackhawks win eliminated the Minnesota Wild and propelled the Blackhawks to a second round playoff match-up with their old arch-nemesis, the Detroit Red Wings.

During that game five victory, Lebano went into labor a month premature.

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Chicago Blackhawks better off facing Red Wings


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The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals.

 The Chicago Blackhawks get the luxury of enjoying a little rest and relaxation before taking on the Red Wings. Detroit is a familiar foe, having played Chicago a league record 798 times, including the postseason.

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