If we had a nickel for every time we've heard about the "looming threat of the No. 8 seeded Detroit Red Wings!" meme in the last week, we could probably buy out the rest of Jeff Finger's(notes) deal with the Leafs.
It's the meme of the moment in the Western Conference playoff race, with ESPN's John Buccigross as the latest columnist to note that "it looks like they will have to play San Jose, Chicago or Vancouver in the first round" and surmising: "How would you like to be one of those teams and have to play Detroit in the postseason?"
Can the Wings pull an upset and make a run from the seventh or eighth seed? Which Western Conference titan do you think is ready for a fall? Meanwhile, back East: Can the Boston Bruins hand on to the No. 8 seed, even by default?
We'll discuss this and much more in our hockey live chat at 1:30 p.m. EST, featuring Lyle "Spector" Richardson of Fox Sports and Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period and Jonathan Willis of The Score's Hockey or Die! Bring your questions, bring your speculation and, above all, bring the funny. We'll supply the cynical answers and abrupt shifts in tone.