Ranking the Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Biggest Rivals Right Now

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Ranking the Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Biggest Rivals Right Now
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Every time the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice, they have a target on their backs.

As the defending Stanley Cup champions, every opponent wants to take them down. A victory over the Blackhawks represents a major achievement, and that's good for a team's confidence level.

But there are certain opponents who bring out the best in the Blackhawks. In the past, any list of their top rivals would include the Detroit Red Wings at either the first or second spot.

That's no longer the case. The Red Wings have not only shifted to the Eastern Conference, they have slipped a notch or two and don't appear to be in the same class as the Blackhawks.

In this piece, we look at the Blackhawks' top five rivals as the 2013-14 season plays out.

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