It warms my heart when friends outside of LA say that they are going to be rooting for the Kings. Laurie (best blog ever) and Paul (seriously, click the link and look at him- I love it) have already admitted that they are supporting the Kings this round. Thanks, guys!
With that in mind, thought I'd share who I'm rooting for in each pairing.
Flyers v. Penguins
This is tough because I do love me some Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot (and Bryz, of course), but I love me some Pens even more. In the name of Laurie and Ray, I have to root for the Pens. I'M SORRY, BRYZ!
Red Wings v. Predators
Easy. Wings without a question. The Predators have a stupid name and play dirty as shit (see: Shea v. Zetterberg's head). And my husband like the Wings. Love you, baby.
Canucks v. Kings
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha WHAT ARE YOU, MENTALLY DEFICIENT? THE KINGS! Even if the Canucks were not playing the Kings, I'd root for the team playing against the Canucks. That's how much I hate them.
Senators v. Rangers
Rangers. And not just because Lundqvist is a GILF (or a RILF). It's because I don't give a crap about the Senators and 24/7 made me a super secret Rangers supporter...when they aren't playing a team I like more.
Sharks v. Blues
SHARKS, BABY! Yes, St. Louis has an amazing museum (one of my favorites) below the Arch, but come on. I grew up in Norcal and I am HELLA pumped for the Sharks! Sean, BJ, Jessica, Jennifer, Billy, Tushar- this is for you.
Blackhawks v. Phoenix
I'm supposed to dislike Phoenix because they're in our division but whatever. I'm going to PHX here. I want BizNasty to see some ice time.
Devils v. Panthers
Who? What? Slight advantage to the Devils because they took Peter Harrold, but then disadvantage because they sent him down (I'm assuming- he's too boring to check). But I really can't get behind anything from Florida, and my family is from New Jersey, so I'll go with the Devils.
Capitals v. Bruins
Bruins. Obviously. Even though Tim Thomas has evil magical powers that allow him to impersonate a brick wall, and he's kind of a dick, I still have to go for the B's, if only because I have friends who support them. And because it means hilarious drunk texts from my friend who is a huuuuuge B's fan. (Anyone else notice that Thomas has no eyebrows but a huge mustache? Scary.)
And there you have it.