Realistic Stanley Cup Playoff Matchups NHL Fans Would Love to See in 2014

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Realistic Stanley Cup Playoff Matchups NHL Fans Would Love to See in 2014
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The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, with a new format pitting wild-card teams against division winners and realignment sticking new teams into different conferences to build fresh rivalries or possibly expand on old ones.

There are plenty of great teams set to do battle, but we'd be lying if we said all series are created equally. A good rivalry involves well-matched teams, some bad blood from the past and strong coaching personalities help, too.

Click ahead to see some of the possible matchups for this spring that will have NHL fans on the edge of their seats until June.

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