When the Pittsburgh Penguins used to take the ice against the Washington Capitals, the game between the two teams was almost secondary to the individual battle between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
But that battle reached its peak in a 2009 playoff series between the two teams that saw the Penguins win in seven games. It has since lost its luster.
Crosby missed much of the last two seasons with concussion-related problems. Ovechkin doesn't appear to be the player he once was.
Instead of scoring 50 or more goals per year, Ovechkin scored 32 and 38 goals over the last two years. This season, Ovechkin has continued his decline with only four goals in his first 12 games.
The decline of the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry means that other individual battles will step into the void.
We are not looking at team, coaching or announcer rivalries. Here's a look at six player rivalries that will replace the dormant Crosby-Ovechkin battle.