Watching the Tampa game last night it struck me that with the the Wings moving out East I find myself really missing the rivalries we have built up in the Western Conference over the years. I miss the Chicago games and the animosity I had built up towards Kane over the years or the games vs Anaheim and how much I wanted the Wings to pound the smirk of Getzlaf's face. Really the only team in the East that I have genuine hatred for is Pittsburgh. Now I know it took years for the Wings to create rivalries in the West and in due time rivalries in the East will be created as well but for the time being I miss the desire I had for the Wings to lay a pounding on certain teams out West. I still look forward to playing games against Montreal, Toronto, or Boston because of the history of those Franchises I just don't yet want to beat them as much as I did Chicago.
On the flip side the games still mean the same and the wins are just as sweet as before, but I just don't get as excited to watch the Wings play the Lightening as I did when we played the Preds. That being said I look forward to building rivalries in the east but in the meantime I will miss the West.