Who is the Sharks' biggest rival?
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04-19-2013, 11:37 PM
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Location: Dallas, TX (Ugh)
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Rivalries are born in the playoffs. But both teams have to have beat each other for it to really blossom.
Exactly why, over franchise history, the biggest rival for the Sharks is a no-brainer: The Detroit Red Wings.
Everything from high of the first ever playoff series victory, to the low of the tennis series sweep, to the three series in the past seven seasons.
Both teams have to beat each for it to really blossom? Well, again, Red Wings now that the Sharks have won 3 playoff series against them to the Wings 2. That's pretty even.
I just don't buy any other team because there isn't enough playoff history. You could argue the Avalanche, everything from the Columbine series to Teemu's wraparound to the Sharks first ever WCF appearance to Boyle's own goal.
Ducks, Kings?? Nope, not yet. Not enough playoff series yet. That will change with realignment. Same with Nucks. And sadly, the Sharks will lose their biggest rival for the duration of their rival to the East...until (fingers crossed) they start an epic SCF rivalry.
Edit: We are talking about players, not fans, right? Yes I know many fans are more about Ducks/Kings because of NorCal/SoCal, but it's pretty obvious that many players look to the Wings, especially Jumbo and Patty who seem to get up for the Wings more than any other team in the league.
NHL Head Coaches are, by and large, vastly overrated, especially when correlating the success and failure of the team to coaching prowess. Todd McLellan is the epitome of this.
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