FIRST BLOOD

Dis­like lingers be­tween Colum­bus and its orig­i­nal ri­val: Detroit

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

THE RI­VALRY BE­TWEEN Ohio and Michi­gan goes way beyond hockey, so it’s no sur­prise that for years, the Jack­ets’ main di­vi­sional ri­val was Detroit. It helped that the Red Wings were peren­nial con­tenders, while Colum­bus couldn’t even get to the post-sea­son. Then the Jack­ets fi­nally made it, in 2008-09, and, of course, Detroit un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously swept them.

Ge­og­ra­phy, plus the fact Colum­bus is also home to Ohio State, the Univer­sity of Michi­gan’s chief ri­val, made this one a no-brainer. And even though the Red Wings are one of the least-tru­cu­lent teams in hockey th­ese days, play­ers such as Jordin Tootoo have still man­aged to raise the ire of Blue Jack­ets fans.

RYAN JO­HANSEN

Now that the Mo­tor City Ma­chine is in another di­vi­sion (and less­ened in force), Colum­bus fans may find them­selves hat­ing another Mid­west neigh­bor – the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins – more in the fu­ture. But you never for­get your first hate and Detroit pro­vided a great foil for the lunch pail Blue Jack­ets.

The two teams meet Nov. 18, Dec. 16 and March 12.

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