Sometimes a rivalry in sports is nothing more then a bit of tradition. Sometimes the teams aren't close in standings, or in skill.
But this year in the NHL it seems that a lot of rivalries have reared their head, and this time they have a lot of meaning and a lot of implications.
Some are ones we've been seeing for many years now, and others are ones that haven't been seen in maybe a decade.
It's always fun to watch rivalry matchups just because there is a lot of bad blood and history between the two, sometimes some former players are going against old squads.
But it seems like there will be more to vie for in these five rivalries this season.