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The Detroit Red Wings always seem to play well against the Anaheim Ducks, with a 13-4-2 record against Anaheim since the start of the 2008-09 season.
Given, the Red Wings no longer have Nicklas Lidstrom or Brad Stuart on the blue line, but the Red Wings have beaten the Ducks in two out of three meetings this season. Both of Detroit's wins were on the road in Anaheim, and the Red Wings turned heads in those games, winning them by a combined score of 7-2.
As the Red Wings play in the Eastern Time Zone, this could again bring about time-change problems for the Red Wings, but after playing in the Western Conference since the early 1990s, the Red Wings are not going to be bothered too much by the time change.
Personally, I like this proposed playoff scenario. The Ducks seem to take dumb penalties against the Red Wings, due to the Red Wings frustrating them in all three zones of the ice.
Although the Red Wings would be the underdog in this likely "No. 2 seed vs. No. 7 seed" pairing, the Red Wings would be far from underdogs in this series.
The time change would make things difficult, but Detroit could take advantage of some inexperienced goaltending on the Anaheim side, as Jonas Hiller has just 13 playoff games under his belt, while Viktor Fasth has never appeared in the NHL playoffs.