Top Sports Rivalries of All Time
Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche
Obviously it all started in the 1996 Western Conference Finals, with that Claude Lemieux-Kris Draper mishap in Joe Louis Arena. But over the next seven years, they would face each other in the playoffs five times and three of those meetings would be for the Western Conference title. Only the 2002 edition went the full seven games, but that No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed series was one of the greatest in recent history, with three games going to overtime.