Blackhawks Game 1 Notes For Wednesday vs. Detroit
* The Red Wings closed out the Ducks, 3-2, on Sunday, winning the 14th Game 7 in franchise history in the process – most of any NHL club all-time. Each of Detroit’s first-round victories came by a single goal.
* Chicago took down Minnesota, 4-1, in the quarterfinals and will be playing its first game in six days (since May 9). The Blackhawks won all three of their home games vs. the Wild by a combined score of 12-4.
* The Blackhawks swept four from the Wings during the regular season and have defeated Detroit seven straight times overall (dating to February 21, 2012). Detroit defeated Chicago, 4-1, the last time the clubs met in the postseason – the two teams have split 12 all-time best-of-7 series, each winning six of those matchups.
* Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist in Game 7 vs. the Ducks, giving him a team-high eight points (3g, 5a) in the quarterfinals. Zetterberg, who has seven points (3g, 4a) during his current 3-game scoring streak, had just one assist in three skates vs. Chicago this season.
* Patrick Sharp has three markers in his last two skates, giving him five goals total in the first round vs. the Wild – tied for most of any player in the quarterfinals. Sharp, who had just six goals during the 2012-13 regular season, lit the lamp twice against the Wings during the 2009 playoffs.
* Detroit is averaging just 23.0 hits per game during the playoffs – fewest among all postseason clubs. The Blackhawks are averaging 24.2 hits per game (second fewest in the playoffs).
* Chicago killed all 17 of Minnesota’s opportunities with the man-advantage in the quarterfinals. Dating to March 18, the Blackhawks have a 96.9 penalty-kill percentage (62/64) overall – best in the league.