This one, is against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lidstrom said that despite the toll of a tough even-game series against Anaheim, it's time to put it behind them and get back to work.
Detroit won the first four games of the regular season series quite easily, including the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Still, the six-time Norris Trophy winner says that won't have much of an impact on this series.
It was seen by many at the time as a young Chicago team being exposed as not-quite ready for prime time. The Hawks have the chance to erase those thoughts in the Western Conference Finals, which begin Sunday in Detroit.
When talk shifted to the NHL playoffs in general, Lidstrom, unquestionably a face of the game today, applauded his fellow players for the way this year's post season has gone.
A few things Lidstrom omitted however, as modest as he is, was the exciting series the Wings had just finished with the Ducks—a seven-game thriller in which the Wings took the lead with a little more than three minutes remaining in final the game.
When the question is posed to Lidstrom how a veteran team like the Wings can turn around so fast after such a physical series and be ready for what will be another tough test, he doesn't seem phased:
And they will be ready. After all, they have to. Not just for themselves and their own personal and team success, but also for what another Red Wings Stanley Cup will do to energize a city, and a state, that has had more than its share of ups and downs over the past few years due to the struggling economy.
"We bring a lot of happiness to the people of Detroit who are having a tough time right now," he said. "The fans who show up, and the fans that support us are just fantastic. It's been a hard couple of years in Michigan, and it doesn't look right now like it's getting any better.
One could argue at this point, they already have.
And it will only get that much more exciting as the Central division rival Blackhawks battle the Wings for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. As for Lidstrom, he feels the series will be exciting for all fans to watch.
"It's going to be a close series. They certainly have the depth to match us. Aside from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, they have players like Martin Havlat, who I feel has some similarities to Hossa in how he uses his size to protect the puck and take it to the net, plus he has a lot of skill to compliment that.
For Lidstrom—who has eleven points in eleven playoff games this year—the thrill of the chase is just getting started. Because if the Wings wish to play for Lord Stanley's Cup, they'll have to do it by defeating one of their oldest rivals, a rivalry that stretches back all the way to the Original Six days.
It's the veterans against the young guys. Speed against speed. Skill against skill. And it's shaping up to be another classic battle between the two, their first since 1995, where the Wings took the series four games to one.
But that was a different Red Wings team. That was a different Blackhawks team.
The current version gets underway this Sunday at the Joe. Enough time perhaps, for Wings fans to calm down from last night's roller coaster ride.