The Red Wings are hated by anyone who isn't a fan of the team specifically. Apparently, pissing on everyone else's dreams for the last 15 years has kind of soured people on the Winged Wheel. The Penguins are hated by a whole lot of people because of the Crosby-hype, and the attention they get, which exemplifies the east-coast bias that anyone west of the Mississippi can't stand. This series will match what are quite likely the top teams in each conference, regular season stats aside, and they should put up a hell of a show for us, but it seems that mostly, everyone hates both sides. It's like the Evil Empire versus the Little Empire That Could. No matter who wins, everyone else ends up enslaved!
(If I could photoshop, or even insert pictures, this is where I would insert a picture of Lidstrom wearing a Darth Vader mask, facing off against Tux, muttering "I think I can, I think I can...")