The 5 Key Ingredients of a Great NHL Playoff Rivalry

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The 5 Key Ingredients of a Great NHL Playoff Rivalry
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The NHL playoffs rarely fail to provide sports fans with unbelievable excitement on a nightly basis, but what really makes the postseason worth watching is the rivalries between teams that don't like each other.

Whether they are teams that have formed rivalries in recent seasons or Original Six franchises that have battled for eight decades, there's nothing quite like the intense style of play and emotion that NHL rivalries display during the playoffs.

Let's look at five key ingredients for a great playoff rivalry.

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