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Some rivalries, such as those between the Rangers and Islanders, have their basis in geography.

Others, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins, are recent ones stoked by playoff matchups between divisional rivals. Location, history, playoff races and divisional play factored into this ranking.

But with the Blue Jackets becoming a rising force in the Eastern Conference and the Pens hampered this season by a depleted lineup, there could be a shift in the pecking order.

While the young Jackets surprised many opponents with their franchise-best 108-point performance in 2016-17, it wasn't a fluke.

Those contests gave fans a host of memorable moments, from Mark Messier delivering on his guarantee of victory in Game 6 of the '94 Eastern Conference Final to an aging Martin Brodeur carrying the Devils to a conference title in 2012.

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