Looking at the standings right now, Detroit's just a point below 8th place in the west, which at least suggests the possibility that Chicago and Detroit could meet up in an early round of the playoffs. With that in mind, I thought I'd throw a "what if?" question out there.
If, on the road to a potential Stanley Cup Finals appearance, the Blackhawks had to go through Detroit, what round would it be best for Chicago to face the Red Wings?
As a Red Wings fan (which I think most of you are aware of; for the newbies, I'm a scum fan who hung out here during last year's playoffs, and I still stick my head into the hornet's nest on occasion), I'm of the opinion that the Hawks would be best served by catching the Wings early, preferably in April.
Here's where I'm coming from: as satisfying as it might be for you fans for your team to take down the hated scum in the WCF, you'd have to think that a Detroit team that survived two rounds of playoff warfare might be a more dangerous creature than one barely that sneaks into the playoffs, and is unsure of what they have left in the tank.
Because of the way the Blackhawks showed last year that they were capable of taking care of business early in the playoffs, I'd think that would be the best combination that might lead to Chicago taking down Detroit in the postseason.
That's not to say that outcome is predetermined; Sunday's game, combined with the Red Wings first 40 minutes of effort against the Caps on Tuesday gave me hope that once all the pieces are back in place, Detroit might yet have some life in it come April and May. But that's beside the point here. I want to know, just as a thought exercise, taking into account everything that goes into a playoff run (injuries, upsets), and just how you'd feel at the end of such a matchup, if they had to meet, in which round of the playoffs would you prefer the Chicago Blackwhawks to take on the Detroit Red Wings?