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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top Five Current Rivalries

By Mario Tirabassi
Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) battle for a loose puck during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) battle for a loose puck during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jordan Nolan (71) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) fight during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Los Angeles Kings

The Blackhawks-Kings rivalry is one that was born out of mutual success. In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. In 2012, the Kings won the Stanley Cup. In 2013, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and had to go through the Kings to do so.

Then, like something out of a Hollywood script, the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2014, defeating the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals that year.

Both teams have enjoyed an upswing in success over the past decade, and their battles in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have given the NHL some of the highest-rated playoff games in history. Not to mention their styles of play have been very different, as the Kings play a largely physically skilled style and the Blackhawks rely more on a speed-and-skill style of play.

The old saying of “styles make fights” is true in this rivalry and helps keep it exciting every year.

Next: No. 2: Always A Rival

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