NHL Realignment: How Would the Detroit Red Wings Stack Up Against the East?

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NHL Realignment: How Would the Detroit Red Wings Stack Up Against the East?
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When's the last time the Detroit Red Wings played the Washington Capitals?

I'll wait.

Yeah. 

Am I the only Wings fan drooling at the possibility of watching Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg play against Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Ryan Miller and all the other stellar talent in the East?

Never mind the logistical sense that the move makes for the Wings, and how much avoiding teams like San Jose and Vancouver in the playoffs could help them stay well rested during deeper playoff runs. 

This could lead to some great hockey!

Not that Detroit doesn't have plenty of great teams to play in the West (arguably the stronger Conference overall).  There are just some great potential rivalries that could form if a move takes place.  Imagine the Wings and Bruins facing off six times a year and tell me you don't get some goosebumps.

Toss in an Eastern Conference Finals series against the likes of the Pens of the Flyers

That's a lot of history, and would lead to some exciting playoff rounds with passionate fans.  While the Red Wings heading East is far from a done deal, there are some intriguing match-ups there that make this a very exciting prospect.

So how would Detroit match up against the top eight seeds in the East from this last season?

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