NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Is the Sharks-Red Wings Matchup a Rivalry?

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Is the Sharks-Red Wings Matchup a Rivalry?
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For the fifth time in NHL history, the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings will face each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In 1994, the Sharks became the NHL's first No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed when they defeated the Wings in seven games.

The next year, the Sharks were swept by the Wings.

In 2007, Detroit took the series in six and last year San Jose eliminated the Wings in five.

This year the two teams face off as the aging Red Wings try for another Stanley Cup push and the Sharks look to get to the third round and avenge their Western Conference Finals sweep last season.

The question remains: Is this a rivalry?

I asked six players to give their take.

Tom Schreier is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the San Jose Sharks.

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