2 . Detroit Red Wings
What more is there to say that hasn’t already been said about one of the longest-running rivalries in the NHL? Two Original Six teams from hard-working, blue collar cities that have been cornerstones to the success of the NHL for over 90 years. Blackhawks-Red Wings is as storied a rivalry as it gets.
Just think of some of the great players who have lived through the rivalry in such huge ways like Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Steve Yzerman, Stan Mikita, Terry Sawchuk and even guys who have played on both sides like Bob Probert, Dominik Hasek, Chris Chelios, Stu Grimson and even Marian Hossa. It’s one of the best rivalries in all of North American sports.
Problem is, it’s hard to keep that history and animosity alive when the teams now only play each other twice a year, and the only way to see each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs would be to reach the Final. Which would be incredibly epic if that does happen.
But the lasting image of the rivalry does sit on the side of the Blackhawks. In 2013, the Red Wings and Blackhawks met in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their final Western Conference matchup.
After six hard-fought games, and the Blackhawks coming back from being down 3-1 in the series, it would be a Game 7 in Chicago that would determine the winner of the final battle of the rivalry as it was.
Just watch and listen:
Other than Patrick Kane‘s goal in Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, that may be the loudest the United Center has ever been. While the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry still has some air of bad blood between it, it doesn’t feel the same now as it did in the past.
On the other hand, DE-TROIT SUCKS!
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