Flyers vs. Lightning and 6 NHL Rivalries We Want to Reignite

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Flyers vs. Lightning and 6 NHL Rivalries We Want to Reignite
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Steven Stamkos loves to light up the Philadelphia Flyers

There are some NHL rivalries that define the NHL and stand on their own.

When the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins get together, there is a palpable hatred that is obvious. A similar feeling is present when the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Philadelphia Flyers or the Chicago Blackhawks meet the Detroit Red Wings.

The battle of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames is another emotional rivalry.

But some of the best rivalries in the league are not the classics that have been talked about and written about for years.

Take the battle between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers. No, these two teams don't have a long history of classic playoff battles.

However, the Flyers attempted to make a statement on behalf of the rest of the league in an early-season game last year when Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette had his players stop playing when they got control of the puck because he had a problem with the 1-3-1 trap that Lightning coach Guy Boucher employed with his team.

It was an unconventional yet effective way for Laviolette to make a statement.

It also created ill will between the Flyers and Lightning. Those two teams meet Feb. 5 in Philadelphia.

Here's a look at six more rivalries we would like to see get hot once again.

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