The Avs-Wild rivalry makes the Avs-Wings rivalry look like something out of Mayberry RFD. They really hate us.
You have said some stupid shit in your day, but that might be the dumbest thing ever typed on the internet.
Just my observation, maybe you're right. Are you a Wild fan and don't feel a rivalry with the Avs?
Born and raised in Detroit and been a Red Wings fan since they were the Dead Wings. I actually remember a time before Yzerman, Lidstrom, and the rest. The seven years from 1996-2002 the Wings-Avs rivalry was unrivaled. Not only did the teams hate each other, but they played each other 5 times in the playoffs and between them won 5 Stanley Cups.
Maybe if the Avs-Wild ever play for something of meaning the rivalry will begin to have meaning. Until then it pales in comparison.
Correct me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but don't the playoffs for the Stanley Cup count as "playing for something of meaning?"
While I agree that the comparison pales because that was a serious rivalry and some great hockey, the Avs/Wild do have some history. In the 2003 playoffs, the Wild were down 3-1 to the Avs in the first round and came back to beat them. It was Roy's last season in the nets. Wild ended up getting swept by the Giggy and the Ducks in the WCF.
In my opinion, playing in the first round is not meaningful. Most teams make the first round. Of the 5 playoff series in question, 3 of those series between the Wings and Avs was in the Western Conference Final to decide who played for the Stanley Cup. That is meaningful.
Let me put it this way, there are not a lot of non Wild/Avs fans that would know anything about that rivalry. Every hockey fan knew about Wings/Avs.