So basically, I want the Ducks to suffer. I'm still steamed about the WCFs two years ago, and I still believe the Ducks hoisted the Cup that should've been the Red Wings'. This time around the Wings are deeper, more experienced, and healthier. After their first line, the Ducks don't have as much firepower, while the Wings have three legitimate scoring lines.
Two years ago, the Wings' blueline was Lidstrom/Lilja/Lebda/Chelios/Quincey/Markov, with Schneider and Kronwall both out injured. This year it's Lidstrom/Rafalski/Kronwall/Stuart/Ericsson/Lebda. That's basically night and day. And Osgood, while not elite by any means, isn't going to be a trainwreck like Hasek was (knock on wood). Watching Hasek flail all over the place in Game 6 in Anaheim two years ago was brutal.
Another thing different from two years ago: rest. The Wings had two brutal six-game cross country series against Calgary and San Jose in 07, while the Ducks took care of Minnesota and Vancouver in five games each. They had four extra days of rest leading up to the WCFs two years ago. Tables are turned this time. Assuming Game 1's on Friday, the Wings will have been off for over a week, while the Ducks just finished San Jose earlier tonight.
So, in case you can't tell...I'm pumped for this. Inexplicably, I hate the Ducks almost as much as I hated the Avalanche back in the day. Can't wait for this series to start. Wings in six.