NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Round Uniform Showdown

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs come to an end tonight with three thrilling Game 7 match ups. However, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the first round of the playoffs and consider which teams had the better uniforms. With that, here is the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Uniform Showdown!

Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild

Apr 28, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund (not pictured) scores a goal on Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 28, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund (not pictured) scores a goal on Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having a strong modern logo and a great color scheme, the Colorado Avalanche have some of the worst uniforms in the NHL. They have yet to correct the mistakes made by Reebok in the 2007 Edge redesign. This would have been a closer match up had the Minnesota Wild worn their Iron Red home uniforms, but instead they opted to wear the much better green alternates. The new Minnesota away jerseys introduced at the beginning of the season are a modern classic.

Winner: Minnesota Wild 

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks

Apr 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) is called for a hooking penalty against St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Much like the Colorado Avalanche, the St. Louis Blues are a team with a terrible piping infused design that ruins what is one of the best logos in the pro sports. While it is sacrilege in uniform and logo circles, I think the Blues “Note” logo is better than the Blackhawks logo. However, St. Louis’ advantage ends there. The Chicago Blackhawks have a classic logo and one of the most iconic uniforms in the NHL.

Winner: Chicago Blackhawks 

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