With the new scheduling emphasis on division rivals playing each other more this upcoming season there's going to be a number of very interesting and entertaining series for fans to keep their eyes on.
Shawn P. Roarke writing for Foxsports has put together a look at the NHL rivalries for 2005-06.
While new divisional rivalries will surely be formed through the implementation of the NHL's new unbalanced schedule, the league already has a number of can't-miss rivalries.He has the Calgary vs. Edmonton rivalry listed 4th best for the upcoming season (I would've had it higher).
Those blood feuds will be the drawing card for many fans as they straddle the fence deciding whether or not to accept the return of hockey with open arms and, more importantly for the league, open wallets.
The Battle of Alberta has it all. Not surprisingly its annual installments are always the highlights of the province's winter calendar. No matter the respective fortunes of the two teams, these games are always do-or-die affairs conducted at a frenetic pace that is absent from more than 90 percent of regular-season games. Not even the fact that these two teams have not met in the playoffs since 1991 has quelled the passion the residents of these two cities hold for the rivalry.If your interested in totally immersing yourself in the Flames/Oilers feud... like I am ...the blogs Battle of Alberta and Covered in Oil are the places to go. We're talking total immersion here folks. The sites are run by a variety of contributors who each bring their own uniquely entertaining perspective and style to the back and forth debates that take place on and between these two blogs.
Edmonton, on the strength of its dynastic team led by Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, holds a 4-1 advantage in the five playoff series between the two teams. With both teams making serious additions this summer, the next installment of the Battle of Alberta will apparently be as exciting as past editions.
Check them out. It's the best one-two combination coverage of a NHL rivalry out there.
For a complete listing and analysis of Roarke's Top 5 best and most heated feuds for fans to savor this season >>> X <<< marks the spot.