Captain vs. captain: the Henrik Zatterberg vs. Jonathan Toews duel has been a key to the series so far.
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No one has a better view of what may end up being the spring’s best playoff series — the Chicago Blackhawks vs. the Detroit Red Wings — than NBC and SI’s Pierre McGuire. Stationed between the benches at the United Center and the tiny slot between the clubs at Joe Louis Arena, McGuire has an unparalleled perspective on these two Original Six squads flying around the ice and throwing sledgehammers at each other.
The Hawks and Wings go at it again on Thursday night in Game 4 with coach Mike Babcock’s Detroit team — a club, as we discussed earlier this week, that has reconstituted itself this season with youngsters replacing some grizzled veterans — holding a surprising 2-1 lead over Joel Quenneville’s guys, a group that dominated the Western Conference during the regular season. This matchup of NHL heavyweights is still in its early stages, but there are already signs it could turn out to be a classic.
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