I'm probably in the minority here, but I feel Stuart being out has a greater impact than Dats being out. It's becoming obvious just what a key part of the Wings' team Stuart is, and just how valuable he is.
Modano needs to start letting it rip....I saw several times last night where he passed the puck/turned it over instead of shooting. One time he had a wide open lane to the net. He's probably still a little uneasy playing on his first "new" team in how many years?
I hated the Avs of the Yzerman era, but awkwardly enough, I enjoyed hating them because so many great games/series resulted from that rivalry. They don't bother me at all now though because that rivalry is all but dead.
The Penguins on the other hand, I HATE. And I hate Crosby more than I've ever hated any player in the NHL, even Claude Lemeiux. Crosby is a great hockey player, that there is no question, but he's just the biggest *****, whine-ass, ****** bag, rape 'stache player to ever play the game. Nobody even comes close to my hatred of Crosby, but Malkin is next in line if I had to pick one. I also hate Jerome Iginla.
I never really hated the Ducks, just dis-liked them A LOT. Now that Pronger is gone, I don't mind them all that much anymore. Still hate Corey Perry though.
The Sharks don't bother me at all, even after last year's playoffs. I was pulling for them to win the Cup after they ousted the Wings.
I don't even mind the Blackhawks all that much...I just hate Kane.
So to summarize, I enjoyed hating the Avs of yesteryear, I just plain hate the Penguins of today.