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Top Ten Detroit Red Wings Current Rivals: No. 8

November 3rd, 2012 at 3:58 PM
By Frank Vajcner

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part 3 of 10 in a series on rivalries. Red Wings 101 will count down the top ten current rivals of the Detroit Red Wings. Fans are encouraged to comment with memories from past games that they may have seen in the past.)

This next team has become a fairly new rival to the Red Wings. Checking in at Number 8:

No. 8: Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks are more of a new rival. They have never won a Stanley Cup in franchise history, and have only faced  the Red Wings once in the playoffs (2002 Conference Quarterfinals with the Red Wings winning the series).

But in the last few years, a regular season matchup between Detroit and Vancouver has become must-see television. In the last 12 meetings, seven have been decided by one goal, and six of those meetings went to overtime or a shootout. Plus, both teams have been in the thick of the President's trophy race the last two seasons.

Should both teams meet in the playoffs, the series will for sure be a great one.

DEFINING MOMENT: As mentioned earlier, seven of the last 12 meetings have been decided by one goal. During a game on March 20, 2010 at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, both the Red Wings and the Canucks played a hard fought game that would go to overtime. As time was running out, Henrik Zetterberg fired a wristshot past Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo with three tenths of a second left in overtime.

Honorable mention goes to Canucks forward and Livonia, Michigan native Ryan Kesler getting "Kronwalled."

THE RUNDOWN:

No. 10: Montreal Canadiens

No. 9: Toronto Maple Leafs

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, NHL

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