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07-04-2004, 08:21 PM
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Sleeper Rivalries

I'm sure you read plenty of rivalry threads but I was wondering what do you consider the up-coming rivalries that are gaining momentum or a controversial hit away from exploding

Or rivalries that might be on there way back that are currently dormant

and what are some of the underrated- rivalries in the NHL or hockey in general

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07-04-2004, 08:22 PM
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Montreal and Ottawa will start to heat up this year, since I think they will compete for the first spot in the North East.

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Flames fans can probably back me up on this...but the Nashville\Calgary saga has been great over the past two years.

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Minnesota/New Jersey for the fans who hate the trap...Which team plays the most boring hockey?

But in truth Calgary/Minnesota and also Edmonton/Minnesota. Edmonton played a dirty game this year in Minnesota and I don't think the fans nor the players will forget Hemsky's hook and uh well Brunette getting high sticked.

 
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I think Nashville will be fierce rivals with almost every Western Conference team two years from now

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I think Nashville will be fierce rivals with almost every Western Conference team two years from now

It certainly appears that way. Vancouver doesn't really like us. They say Trotz whines, and Bertuzzi broke Skrastins nose, and a 5-3's for the Nucks have made this in to more than it should be.

After the classless display by Sutter at the end of the game, the Nashville/Calgary rivalry will likely heat up. And then there's the Tootoo/Iginla fight.

Nashville-Detroit - this is a good one because it means so much to Nashville. Not as much as Detroit, but they've had their hands full in the past few visits to the Music City.

Nashville - St. Louis - I just hate the Blues.

Nashville - CBJ. No one on either team like the other team.

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Nashville - CBJ. No one on either team like the other team.
Come on Smokey, I like you!

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07-04-2004, 11:34 PM
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Nashville - CBJ. No one on either team like the other team.

The Boards get particuluarly nast around the time of a game.

Sorta like one giant scrum.

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Come on Smokey, I like you!

Oh, I love a lot of CBJ fans. But, as far as the teams are concerned, I'm not sure they really like each other. I know MacLean doesn't like the Preds and I'm pretty sure Tyler Wright doesn't appreciate Tootoo partaking in his manflesh. I love this rivalry.

Edit: How many rivalries last year had two own goals (well, almost two), a fake hattrick, blood all over the ice from a fight, an accused biting, two claims of payback, payback, come from behind wins to try to ruin playoff runs, trade causing blowouts, zherdev's first goal(s). It's just a blast. And we both suck right now compared to what we might become. Imagine the rivalry if something besides pride was at stake for both teams.


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the nashville-calgary rivalry originates with Vokoun and Iginla. Vokoun flat out hates Iginla and goes after him at every chance. Good little rivalry going there

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the nashville-calgary rivalry originates with Vokoun and Iginla. Vokoun flat out hates Iginla and goes after him at every chance. Good little rivalry going there
I honestly don't think Vokoun hates Iginla. The best example of he and Iginla's dislike for each other was just wrong place wrong time for Iginla. Vokoun was going out to play the puck and misjudged Iginla's speed. Iginla was going to get to the puck before Vokoun so Vokie just checked him in to the boards. If it was Lombardi or anyone, he would have done similar. I'm sure he's not a big fan, but I don't think he hates him. Vokoun doesn't like anyone.

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Edmonton Oilers - Atlanta Thrashers

Even though these teams only met once last year, it was a good game capped by an awesome bench-clearing brawl. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some aftermath next time these two meet.

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Though they haven't met in the playoffs in over 25 years, Philly-Boston have a history, the cities are passionate sports towns and their games are generally decided by no more than a goal (each game the last two years for starters).

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Edit: How many rivalries last year had two own goals (well, almost two), a fake hattrick, blood all over the ice from a fight, an accused biting, two claims of payback, payback, come from behind wins to try to ruin playoff runs, trade causing blowouts, zherdev's first goal(s). It's just a blast. And we both suck right now compared to what we might become. Imagine the rivalry if something besides pride was at stake for both teams.
Quite a summation, and all in one paragraph!

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Vancouver-Minnesota is a nice rivalry that's really heated up over the past 2-3 years. The one problem is that about half the games are 1-0 or 1-1 snoozefests. But the two teams can't stand each other. There's been so much crap between them over the last few years...just off the top of my head...

- Matt Johnson gooning Ohlund because he didn't like some of Ohlund's hits on Gaborik. (and then beating on Sopel when he tried to stick up for Ohlund )
- Matt Cooke suckerpunching Jason Marshall and breaking his nose
- Jovanovski drilling Jason Marshall into the boards from behind and getting ejected from the game.
- Scrum/borderline brawl after Game 2 of the WCSF's last year.
- Bertuzzi's comments to Minny fans after Game 4 last year
- Ohlund knocking Gaborik out with an elbow in Game 5 last year (followed by Johnson running Naslund)
- Ruutu breaking Christoph Brandner's nose with a (clean ) check *and* picking a fight with Sergei Zholtak in the same game.
- Matt Johnson trying to decapitate Cooke with his stick (ended up hitting him in the shoulder), followed by Cooke spearing Johnson so hard that he broke the shaft of his stick.

Can't wait to see what next year brings...now if only Minnesota will stop playing such a boring style...

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Buffalo/Toronto doesn't get enough respect around the boards.

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Florida Tampa is one rivalry that isnt as good as it could be because none of the teams were good at the same time, so it's been kinda one sided with periods of dominance by both sides. There's also bad blood between Florida and Atlanta (Kovalchuk's dirty hit on Nilson, Nilson's borderline hit on Kozlov, Kovalchuk getting caught with an illegal stick against Florida)

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Wings/Preds and Wings/Blue Jackets are getting to be quite the contests...Canucks and Avs are going to be a real nasty one as well.

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Buffalo and Atlanta

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After a 7-0 whitewashing by the hawks, the next game played between Chicago and Columbs was a bloodfest. Five or six fights. This could grow into quite a rivalry

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Buffalo/Toronto doesn't get enough respect around the boards.
Because no one cares about rivalries in which one team is drastically better than the other overall.

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Edmonton Oilers - Atlanta Thrashers

Even though these teams only met once last year, it was a good game capped by an awesome bench-clearing brawl. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some aftermath next time these two meet.
interestingly enough, i can remember three different sort of sega's between these two teams.

In one, Edmonton called kovalchuck for an illegal stick. When he stepped out of the box with his legal stick, he scored the game winning goal, and went and mouthed off the edmonton bench.

Next game between the two, I think Comrie went at it with kovalchuck, and it was a hilarious but heated fight. edmonton players accused kovalchuck of pulling comries hair, and they were right.

Then, edmonton had sweet brawl with Atlanta with the goalies getting into it and everything

maybe tampa and calgary have something going

and Tampa Bay and Philly sure hate each other, making that a very entertaining rivalry to watch.

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Edmonton Oilers - Atlanta Thrashers
I agree.

In the "how did that happen?" category, this one just kinda crept up. It's too bad they only play once or twice a year because given the chance I could see this one heating up.

If they ever reworked the playoff format, it would be great to see the Thrashers/Oilers meet in teh first round.

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Because no one cares about rivalries in which one team is drastically better than the other overall.
You mean Buffalo right?

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