The NHL is a sport that prides itself on iconic rivalries. Toronto/Montreal, Detroit/Chicago, and Boston/Montreal are some of the bad-blooded matchups that make the hockey world go round. But what about the Knights/Sharks rivalry?
It’s surprising because there aren’t many prominent rivalries in the Pacific. You can make the case for Calgary and Edmonton, i.e. the Battle of Alberta. However, the Flames haven’t done anything of substance for a while. Plus, it doesn’t sell well in the United States.
The same can be said for the California trifecta of San Jose, Anaheim, and Los Angeles. However, the Kings have been the only competitive team in ages. But what about Seattle/Vancouver, you say? While it’s a fun regional rivalry, it’s a new rivalry.
That’s where Vegas and San Jose come in. On December 10, the rivalry gets rekindled at T-Mobile Arena. First, we must look at the history behind the matchup, where it stands today, and what it might look like in the future.