Which team is the Coyotes arch-rival? Ask six people and youll get six different answers.
Its really hard to say, Phoenix captain Shane Doan said. It seems to change over the years.
Some will tell you its Detroit because of playoff series matchups the past two seasons. Not so. A rivalry is played on a two-way street. The Red Wings dont consider the Coyotes their rival. That distinction belongs, and always will belong to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Some will tell you its Chicago based on the large number of Windy City transplants in the Valley and the bad blood between the clubs from suspension-earning hits by Andrew Shaw and Raffi Torres this postseason. But again, when the Blackhawks see red, its Red Wings red. The Coyotes arent even in their top five rivals.
Some will tell you its the Sharks, but when we think of San Jose, we just get confused: Its not San Francisco. Its not even Oakland, and its definitely too far away. All we hear are Dion Warwick lyrics.
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