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NHL’s Most Heated Rivalries

Rivalries in the National Hockey League (NHL) have occurred between many teams and cities. Rivalries have arisen for many different reasons, the primary ones include geographic proximity, familiarity with opponents, on-ice incidents (violence), and cultural, linguistic, or national pride.

Original 6 Rivalries

From 1942 to 1967, only six teams (the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs) played in the NHL. With so few opponents, teams played more frequently, and games were often underscored by personal rivalries between players.

Today’s Rival’s

1.      Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
2.      Battle of Ontario
(Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs)
3.      Battle of Alberta
(Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames)
4.      New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
5.      Hudson River Rivalry
(New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers)
6.      Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings
7.      Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
8.      Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
9.      Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
10.     St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks