If it wasn't already a foregone conclusion that the best rivalries are made in the playoffs, consider the animosity that exists between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks, who have now met early in the postseason in three consecutive years.
These two teams are not fond of one another, and their games are constantly among the best entertainment the NHL has to offer.
Unfortunately, Alex Burrows are Duncan Keith are both going to miss the first battle since last year's thoroughly entertaining playoffs series, (with back and hand problems, respectively), meaning we won't be privy to a reprise of the hair-pulling incident from a couple years back.
However, there are a number of other heated battles that we can expect to see. Here are five.
1. Dan Carcillo vs. good behaviour
Carcillo all but promised shenanigans, horseplay and capers in these contests at his introductory press conference during the offseason, rattling off the members of the Canucks with whom he intended to tus...