Season series: Blackhawks, 4-0.
Difference-makers: LW Patrick Sharp scored five goals (two of them game-winners) in the five games of the opening round against Minnesota to lead Chicago, but don't rule out the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa catching up before the Blackhawks' playoff run ends. With the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit looked to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for leadership, and they haven't disappointed. Zetterberg topped the Red Wings in Round 1 against Anaheim with eight points, one more than Datsyuk.
Special teams: Detroit's power play was a key source of offense in Round 1, accounting for six of the Red Wings' 18 goals, but will be pitted against Chicago outstanding penalty-killers, who weren't scored on in 17 short-handed situations against Minnesota. The Blackhawks' power play was ordinary in Round 1 but could thrive against the Red Wings, whose penalty-killing success rate of 72 percent was the worst among remaining teams.
Noteworthy: Chicago has reached Round 2 for the first time since winning the Cup in 2010. ... Detroit earned its four opening-round victories by one goal, three in overtime. ... Hossa has had three or more points in a game six times during his playoff career. ... The past three goals scored by Detroit C Valtteri Filppula have been game-winners. ... Toews was NHL's third-best faceoff man in Round 1, winning 63.9 percent.
Who will win: Chicago in five. Detroit deserves a lot of credit for upsetting Anaheim and has won an NHL-best 14 Game 7s, but this series won't get that far.