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Blackhawks Playoff Schedule 2013: Complete TV Info and Guide to Second Round

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09:  Members of the Chicago Blackhawks salute the crowd after a win over the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 to win the series.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 13, 2013

Any questions concerning the Chicago Blackhawks' ability to carry over their immense regular-season success to the Stanley Cup Playoffs were answered with a dominant first-round performance against the Minnesota Wild

Sure, the 'Hawks were expected to steamroll the eighth-seeded Wild, but when your only blemish in a postseason series is a tightly-fought loss in overtime, it's impressive—no matter the opponent. 

Especially when your four wins are by a combined tally of 15-4. 

Nevertheless, Chicago can't dwell on such an authoritative showing. It's only one-fourth of the way to its ultimate goal, and the Detroit Red Wings—fresh off an inspiring comeback against the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks—will be ready. 

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the Blackhawks' second-round matchup. 

 

Complete Schedule and TV Guide

Note: Schedule info courtesy of NHL.com

Date Visiting Team Home Team Time (ET) Network
Wednesday, May 15 Detroit Chicago 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC 
Saturday, May 18  Detroit  Chicago  1 p.m.  NBC 
Monday, May 20  Chicago  Detroit  7:30 p.m.  NBCSN 
Wednesday, May 22  Chicago  Detroit  8 p.m.  NBCSN 
*Saturday, May 25  Detroit  Chicago  TBD  TBD 
*Monday, May 27 Chicago  Detroit  TBD  TBD 
*Wednesday, May 29  Detroit Chicago  TBD  TBD 

 

How the Blackhawks Got Here

In a word, defense. 

En route to one of the most dominant regular seasons in NHL history (albeit in a shortened sample), the Blackhawks stifled opposing teams to a minuscule 2.02 goals per game—easily the best mark in the league. 

The first round was more of the same, only, um, stifl-ier. In their 4-1 series win over the Wild, the 'Hawks allowed just 1.40 goals per game and were perfect in penalty kills despite being shorthanded 17 times. For comparison, no other team allowed less than two power-play goals.

A combination of limiting shots, rare contributions from the front end as well as the blue-line corps and world-class goaltender play by Corey Crawford simply has this suffocating defense at another level. 

 

Taking On the Red Wings

Much like Chicago, Detroit prided itself on defense during the regular season, finishing fifth in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.29).

Against Anaheim, however, the Red Wings' looked inconsistent and gave up 3.00 goals per contest, while goalkeeper Jimmy Howard saw his save percentage dip down to .911.

Detroit was still able to advance, but for a team that will have trouble finding the back of the net (20th during the regular season in goals per game) against a stout Blackhawks defense, it will have to be much better around the blue line. 

 

Prediction

The Blackhawks swept Detroit in four regular-season games this year. One of those wins came via a 7-1 beatdown, but the other three all went to overtime and two went to a shootout. 

As such, this series may be closer than you might originally think. 

Nevertheless, Chicago's well-balanced, consistent squad will be far too much for the often unpredictable Red Wings.

Blackhawks in 5

 

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