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Deep Blackhawks Present Challenge For Red Wings’ D

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12: Joakim Andersson #63 of the Detroit Red Wings and Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks fight for the puck in the third period of Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2013 in Anaheim, California. The Red Wings defeated the Ducks 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 12: Joakim Andersson #63 of the Detroit Red Wings and Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks fight for the puck in the third period of Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2013 in Anaheim, California. The Red Wings defeated the Ducks 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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JAY COHEN,AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have waves of talented lines, making them a difficult matchup for any team. Months after Nicklas Lidstrom retired, they pose quite the challenge for the Detroit Red Wings in their second-round playoff series that begins Wednesday night.

Chicago’s deep group of forwards against Detroit’s refurbished defense is one major area to watch when the Blackhawks host the Red Wings in Game 1.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock says the Blackhawks will test his defensemen, while Chicago coach Joel Quenneville says the Red Wings have improved over the course of the season.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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