Interestingly, the fan poll at the Wings' site had them selecting the Blues as the team the Wings would best match up with for the first round (this was earlier this morning; they have since changed the poll question). Earlier this season (before 8-0, and the last two games), the answer was overwhelmingly the Preds. The comments left at www.freep.com in response to articles about the story have the same theme:
The playoffs are about match ups. The Wings despite their superior record, dont match up well against Nashville, and they dont match up well against the Ducks. They match best against St Louis, Chicago, and San Jose. That said, they have to survive the first round if they want to face the Sharks, or the Hawks. Here's hoping they draw the Blues in round one.
04/10/2009 9:15:11 a.m. EDT
I know I'd certainly rather see the Preds face the Sharks in round 1, but Anaheim would have to tank. Just makes me wonder where we'd be if we'd had Erat, Legwand, and Arnott in the lineup for those two recent games against the Blackhawks.