Chicago Blackhawks fans will have a lot to look forward in the coming month.
With the Blackhawks on the cusp of making the playoffs, they have to win as many games as they can on their remaining schedule. That task will be a difficult task, though, as the majority of the teams they play are playoff bound.
Not to mention that most of them are against some of the Blackhawks' biggest rivals as well.
It's time Blackhawks fans unite and bring their hate for these teams to the game. Rivalry games always have a playoff-like atmosphere where goals are hard to come by and physical play is plentiful.
In honor of the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule of games, this article will highlight the Blackhawks' biggest rivalries and the teams that their fans absolutely hate.
These are the top five teams Blackhawks fans absolutely despise.
This Central Division rivalry has sprung up over the past three years.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators don't like each other. That is clear. Both teams play each other with a very tight defensive game that almost cost the Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
But when both teams get together it's a spectacle to watch as both are usually close in the standings.
Look for some intense playoff hockey in the final two games that the Blackhawks play versus the Predators this season. Also look for the Blackhawks to run into Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in order to cause some havoc in front of the net.
What to expect from a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks. Fighting, skilled plays and bad blood?
All of the above for a rivalry that is relatively new.
One of the more defining moments between the two clubs came in the 2010 Western Conference Finals when the Blackhawks swept the Sharks. The Sharks remain bitter to this day about that playoff series.
Both teams bring their "A" games when they play one another and both have some "choice" words for each other. Regardless, Blackhawks fans hate San Jose.
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have played in more than 40 playoff games. You think there might be some bad blood?
As Central Division rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks hate the St. Louis Blues. A perfect reason to hate the Blues is that Chicago and St. Louis don't get along in any sport. Hockey just exemplifies that with fighting.
Nonetheless, lots of history exists between the two clubs, and enough penalty minutes to keep a player in the box for an entire career have been registered in this rivalry.
With three more games to go against the Blues this season, look for some high-stakes playoff-intense hockey. Anything less would not do justice to this rivalry.
One of the more intense recent rivals for the Blackhawks is the Vancouver Canucks.
Meeting three straight years in the playoffs will do that between two clubs.
But Blackhawks fans hate the Canucks for their physical play and supposed "elite" status for a team that has never won a Stanley Cup. Numerous fights have broken out at Blackhawks-Canucks games, as well as the occasional cheap shot.
The Blackhawks swept the Canucks in the 1995 playoffs. It was not until the 2009-2010 season where the rivalry was once again renewed. That was highlighted by Ryan Kesler accusing then-Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd of being a coward after an on-ice hit.
But all that aside, these two teams really do hate each other. Intense playoff-type hockey is played between the two clubs when they meet, usually ending in a tight game or a blowout.
There is no middle ground on where the fans stand on the Canucks. They hate the team and the players that put on the Vancouver logo.
Maybe we'll get lucky again this year and see the Blackhawks versus the Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.
It's the pinnacle of rivalries in the NHL: the Chicago Blackhawks against the Detroit Red Wings.
One of the most intense rivalries in the Central Division has led to years of bad blood between the two clubs.
This rivalry has existed since 1927, when the two teams were part of the Original Six. The Blackhawks and Red Wings have faced each other more than any other two clubs in NHL history. It also doesn't help that both cities are in the same Midwest region.
During the 2008-2009 season the Blackhawks and Red Wings faced off in the NHL Winter Classic, a game that drew over 40,000 die-hard fans from both sides. There's no denying that Blackhawks and Red Wings games will attract large crowds.
How many times have you heard the chant "Detroit sucks" when the Red Wings visit the United Center? Blackhawks fans everywhere swear allegiance against the winged tire that is Detroit.
Will these two teams ever get along? Not likely, and because of that fans everywhere are treated to some of the best hockey in the country.