1. Rangers - not just divisional, but territorial
2. Flyers - same as above + a lot of playoff history
3. Hurricanes - Out of the 5 times the Canes have been in the playoffs, 4 of those have resulted in a match up with the Devils. 3 of those times resulted in heartbreaking losses.
2. Sabres - All the ingredients are there (Playoffs, many "incidents", player rivalries, etc.), and it will only get more heated from here on out with Ott
3. Flyers - A rivalry built on the Playoffs and similar hard-hitting styles; there have been some questionable hits between the two, but I think most of the rivalry has to do with mutual respect. The games are very entertaining but I don't think it's really a bad-blooded rivalry.
4. Canucks - Still a lot of bad blood there, and less games against each other means the atmosphere will always be heightened when they do meet.
5. Hurricanes - They could almost be indifferent to us when you look at how one-sided the games have been, but I think they just like to troll.
HM: Stars - Random rivalry is random. We'll see what happens in the future, but I think Ott leaving means it could fizzle out.
Lightning - Has the potential to be a rivalry, especially due to the playoffs, but it definitely isn't one yet. If Downie stayed it may have become a legit rivalry.
Capitals - Definitely not one yet, but rivalries are built in the playoffs. Another series or two could do it.
Penguins - Bruins fans hate the Penguins, but they're indifferent
Maple Leafs - Leafs fans hate the Bruins, but we're indifferent.
The Jets haven't had much time to develop big rivalries necessarily, but I know the last couple of games between the Jets and Caps got pretty heated. I remember Brooks Laich being interviewed after a 3-2 Jets win in Winnipeg in March, he said (rough quote) "Well we definitely don't like them". That game got a bit nuts.
If we play the Devils again in the next playoffs, I can see something start to brew. Although, for me personally, I really enjoyed watching them play against them last season in the 1st round.
I know both of our teams get a lot of **** from a lot of other fan bases... but , I agree, there was definitely a little extra something in every game against each other.
The DeBoer factor and shared history between a handful of players had a lot to do with it... but I wouldn't be surprised if this matchup went somewhere.
We have a couple teams like the Sabres/Stars/Rangers/etc. where the games get scrappy, mostly the Sabres because of last season. But those 3 are our main rivalries. NY has huge potential if we ever meet in the playoffs.