Now Who Do We Root For?

Posted by on April 21, 2013

The season isn’t over, but the season is over.


The New Jersey Devils have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.

But if you’re like me, you’re a hockey fan first… so you’ll be watching all the way until the last second of the last game of the Stanley Cup Final.

But who should we root for?

Well, here’s who I’ll be watching, and rooting for, when the playoffs start:

Western Conference

I’ll be rooting for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get in. While a Detroit vs Chicago first round matchup would likely be much more exciting, I’ve always kinda liked the Blue Jackets. I need to get this out of my system before they become division rivals next season.

Key Former Devils: None

Reason to Root For Them: BOBROVSKY!

Reason Not to Root For Them: All those former Rangers makes it hard to root for them, but at least they’re players I kinda like.

 

A team that is (pretty much) already in that I’ve always liked are the St. Louis Blues. I always liked Keith Tkachuk, and the list of names they had in the past is pretty impressive.

Key Former Devils: Jamie Langenbrunner (has not played since February)

Reason to Root For Them: Why not? They have a good group of players that are easy to cheer for.

Reason Not to Root For Them: Langenbrunner kinda counts, but he’s not even on the ice for them now, so it’s easier.

 

The other team from the west that I’ll be rooting for are the San Jose Sharks. I know: a team that employs Scott Gomez and Raffi Torres is kinda hard to root for, but they aren’t key parts. However, they do get bumped down to #3 for that reason.

Key Former Devils: Gomez

Reason to Root For Them: It would be nice to watch them snatch the Cup away from LA.

Reason Not to Root For Them: Gomez, Torres

 

Eastern Conference

It’s not so much that I’ll be rooting for certain teams in the east, but more that I can’t possibly root for some other teams. One of the teams I’ll be rooting for are the Ottawa Senators. After all they’ve been through this season, it’s hard not to.

Key Former Devils: None

Reason to Root For Them: Like I mentioned above, it’s hard not to root for a team that lost all of their major players at some point in the season and still fought to make it in.

Reason Not to Root For Them: Chris Neil

 

The second team from the east that will have my support are the Washington Capitals. I’ve always been an Ovechkin fan and it’ll certainly be fun to see what he can do in the playoffs.

Key Former Devils: Adam Oates (coach)

Reason to Root For Them: Ovechkin, and Jersey youth hockey alum John Carlson.

Reason Not to Root For Them: Mike Green and his Vespa.

 

The third team that will have my support are the New York Islanders. They’ve been a great story and it’s hard not to like a player like John Tavares. It would also be nice to see them get further than the other NY team.

Key Former Devils: None

Reason to Root For Them: Tavares, and to make Rangers fans all ragey.

Reason Not to Root For Them: A part of my doesn’t want guys like Nabokov or Visnovsky to win anything after whining about playing for the Isles.

 

In the end, the Devils will not be in it so it doesn’t really matter who wins (as long as it’s not the Rangers or Penguins or Vancouver or Minnesota or LA).

 

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