Nothing is really going on in Blues’ Nation right now unless you count the fact that GM Doug Armstrong has said that this roster will be what the team heads into the season with barring any unforeseen trades. With that being said, I thought I’d have a little fun and talk about the Top Five NHL teams I just can’t stand. I set up a poll on the right side of the page, so scroll down and cast your vote for Blues’ fans most hated NHL rival. Here is my list.
1A. Detroit Red Wings — The obvious choice for most St. Louis fans as the most hated team in the NHL, the Red Wings have pretty much walked all over the Blues during their period of dominance. I will never forget Stevie Y’s goal in double overtime past Jon Casey in ’96, and that’s where my hatred for the Wings began. Now, some of you may not know this, but in addition to being a huge Blues fan, I am also a huge Colorado Avalanche fan. Needless to say, I despise the Wings.
1B. Vancouver Canucks — The Canucks have to be listed as 1B because, although my hatred for the Wings is permanent, I currently despise the Canucks more than any other NHL team. The first-round sweep of the Blues two seasons ago was the tipping point, but let’s be honest… does anybody outside of Vancouver really like Roberto Luongo or the Sedins? The only thing I love more than watching the Wings lose is watching the supposedly great Luongo choke in another big game.
3. Chicago Blackhawks — The storied rivalry of Blues-Blackhawks is great, and one of my first great hockey memories was joining in with the crowd for the BEL-FOUR chants when the Hawks came to town. It was brutal watching the Hawks lift the Cup at the end of last season, but it was at least a little better than if it would have been Detroit or Vancouver.
4. San Jose Sharks — This one goes back to the 1999-2000 season when the Sharks shocked the NHL by taking out the President’s Trophy-winning Blues in the first round of the playoffs. That Blues team finished the regular season with 114 points, and they looked like a good bet to get the franchise its first Cup. The Sharks also took out the Avs in the first round of last year’s playoffs, so I am not a big fan.
5. Columbus Blue Jackets — This is a more recent one, as the Jackets have finally come close to respectability in the last couple of seasons. Two years ago when the Blues were fighting to get into the playoffs, some of the biggest wins came at the expense of the Jackets. The highlight for me was TJ Oshie’s hit on Rick Nash (video below), and I remember jumping out of my chair and yelling at the TV when it happened. The Blues and Jackets are on about the same level right now, so this could develop into a rivalry in the coming years.
Honorable Mention: Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild.
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