Five out of the seven times that the Red Wings and Avalanche met in the playoffs saw the winner of the series go on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Avalanche picked up Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001, while the Red Wings won in 1997, repeated in 1998 and won again in 2002.
This rivalry wasn't born in the playoffs like a lot of hockey "rivalries" are these days. Instead, it was forged in the regular season and battle-hardened in the playoffs.
Here are some of the rivalry's greatest memories.