I'm hoping for a Jets - Nashville final in the west, and Boston - Tampa in the east!
Except the division structure doesn't allow for that sadly. You've pinpointed the likely second round match-ups for the Central and Atlantic Divisions. I also happen to think that these four teams are the strongest cup contenders too.
If the playoffs started tomorrow it would be:
So, I'm passing my support on to the Jets as well. Part of me is also hoping that the totally untouted Capitals continue to fly under the radar and quietly go very deep and manage to make up for a decade of unmet expectations.
EDIT: There's a couple of pretty fun potential match ups in the first round. There's certainly no love lost between Pittsburgh and the Blue Jackets and then if Pittsburgh dose indeed win, either Philly or Washington would be a great match up.
Sharks Vs. Ducks is another good one. I'll definitely go on the record with F**K the Ducks there.
Jets Vs. Wild has to be one of the most hoped for playoff matchups since Winnipeg rejoined the league.
Predators Vs. Blues is another good one.
Perhaps you're noticing my conspicuous lack of love for Vegas
. That would be because I hate them. Nuts to the bandwagon. I hate the team name. I hate their Logo. I hate their Jerseys and most of all I hate that they're brand new and can't seem to do anything but spank the Flames. There are a lot of long suffering fan bases out there that deserve a hell of a lot more love than Vegas
does. It's an embarrassment to the league that a team with such shoddy design can come in and hand it to a bunch of considerably older franchises. One of my biggest hopes is that they lose their lawsuit against the army and can't use the name and are forced back to the drawing board to come up with something that doesn't suck so much ass.
F**K! I even hate saying Las Vegas without the "Las." Get over yourselves. The name of your city is "The Meadow" stop saying "Meadow" like I I should give a s**t! It's a tacky tourist hellhole and I'll be perfectly fine if I never have to go there ever again in my entire life.