If the Wings win, they'll likely play either Anaheim or the winner of the Chicago/Calgary series. If the top three seeds win, Vancouver would be the Wings opponent.
Anaheim is obviously on a roll, but right now I think the Ducks would be my No. 1 choice. What impressed me most about Anaheim two years ago was that awesome line of Getzlaf's. That's broken up now and Getzlaf's role is that of a No. 1 center. I think the Wings can shut down Getzlaf and Ryan. And the Ducks don't have a sandpaper line like they did two years ago to slow down the Wings. I'd also rather face Hiller than Kiprusoff or Khabibulin.
Chicago plays Detroit tough. The 'Hawks and Flames are similar in that they have a handful of defensemen who are punishing. (I know that Pronger is in Anaheim, but Regehr is just as tough on the Wings and Keith and Seabrook are very tough.)
Luongo alone makes Vancouver tough. But the Canucks don't have enough offense to beat the Wings.
So I've totally laid on a jinx and I should be sorry. But it's tough not to think ahead as you watch the Flames and Blackhawks and Ducks and Canucks wondering whose victory would help out Detroit the most.
My list of teams I'd most like to see in the next round? 1 Anaheim, 2 Vancouver, 3 Calgary, 4 Chicago. Although this might be a case of be careful for what you wish.
Who would you most want to play of the four potential opponents?