The Wings just sucked for 40 years...(55-97). I gotta be honest, don't know if its because of all of their "fans" in every NHL building, but I have a certain affinity for every original 6 team, except them. I don't dislike them, but I find myself pulling for all the others (unless playing my NYRs). Know what would be great, and all Original 6 semifinals...Mtl vs Bos and Det vs Chi...real OLD TIME HOCKEY!
They sucked from 67 - 91, not 40 yrs. Losing 6 SCF and being in the playoffs shouldn't count as "sucked".
Interesting perspective from you and many others on this forum that don't like the Wings. They have what is considered one of the best owners of any sports franchise, one of the best scouting dept's, have a great team chemistry, good coaches, and perennial individual trophy winners. The team is usually called out as a model franchise in the last decade or two. They consistently finish high in the standings and get later draft picks, and yet still find gems in the later rounds.
So, is it just general dislike of an opponent, jealousy, rooting for the underdog, or something else?