The St. Louis Blues rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings is one that has stood the test of time, but in 2013-14 the rivalry will start to fade away.
Perhaps the Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference will be good for the Blues in more ways than one. The Rivalry will have a chance to heat up as we won’t play each other as often; there is the chance of a Blues versus Wings Stanley Cup. The truth is though, for the most part, the Detroit Red Wings are going to be much less of a rival and just a team that Blues fans love to hate.
Perhaps it won’t be so bad. The Blues will see more action from teams in the Midwest including the already much hated Chicago Blackhawks and the team that is annoying enough to be a rival in the Nashville Predators. Adding in the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and the Dallas Stars will surely help new rivalries develop, but will we miss our spirited matches with the Red Wings be missed?
During the season last year I proposed that the Blues might be sparking a rivalry up with the Minnesota Wild, but there is something special about the Wings rivalry that will be gone. We had to watch our beloved Brett Hull win the cup with the Wings. We had to faceoff against Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom for so many years that it almost seemed automatic to hate the Wings. I know I am going to miss going to the games. I wanted to watch as the Russian Vladimir Tarasenko lit them up over the next 10 years and showed the entire nation of Russia that there was a new team to root for, but alas that will never be.
The rivalry was more than a disliking of the team though. It brought Blues and Hawks fans together in a way. At least we both hated the Red Wings, so we had that in common. It allowed for friendly, and some not so friendly, banter between fans. You would read articles from both sides that were humorous, hurtful, and downright funny.
I am going to miss the rivalry and the matchups. What about you, Blues fans? What will you miss most? What are some of your favorite memories? Let us know in the comments below.
LET’S GO BLUES!