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Dylan Larkin Says It Will Be A Rivalry With The Avs Again

01/21/2020 at 8:45am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings noticed fans still remember the rivalry, and the competitiveness of the Colorado Avalanche stoked hopes it soon might be revived.

The Wings head into Wednesday's game at Minnesota, their last before the break, on a five-game losing skid after dropping a 6-3 Monday matinee at Pepsi Center. There were enough partisan fans to start a few "Go Wings" chants, but many more voiced their disapproval of the Wings, whose rivalry with the Avalanche two decades ago was one of the best in sports.

“This rivalry, with the fans, most definitely it’s still there,” Dylan Larkin said. “Next year or year after and in the years following, with the players they have and the players that we have, it’s going to be an exciting rivalry again.”

The Wings don’t stack up against opponents most nights, their lineup weakened by injuries (top defenseman Danny DeKeyser is out for the season and top-line winger Anthony Mantha’s return is uncertain) and patched with minor-league call-ups. At 12-34-4, the Wings are on pace to finish with 46 points.

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