The Playoffs Without The Buffalo Sabres

As much as we the fans have been hard on the Sabres, they gave it a pretty good run towards the end for the final push towards the playoffs (gotta give them some credit). Unfortunately they fell short, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t watch hockey again until next October. I think we all can agree that playoff hockey is the best kind of hockey and if you are like me then you are even more excited as it moves through the spring and into the early summer. To get to my point I have to ask a question, who do you cheer for when the Sabres are not in the playoffs?

Here is my answer:

Last year I chose to go with the Nashville Predators, I thought they would be able to ride out Pekka Rinne‘s stellar play deep into the playoffs, plus Paul Gaustad had been recently acquired from the Buffalo Sabres. One thing I have to mention, before I go on, is that I always choose a Western conference team, basically because I dislike any of the other Eastern conference teams. If I decide to go with the same theme as last year (I’d choose a team who has a former Sabre on its roster) I have quite a few teams to choose from.

I can go with the defending champs, Los Angeles Kings (Robyn Regehr), who have been playing solid as of late, or the surging St. Louis Blues (Jordan Leopold) who have seemed to regain their confidence with Brian Elliott back in net. Finally, the Minnesota Wild (Jason Pominville), who everyone expected to be heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup, but have played up and down all year long. I think every Sabres fan could agree that they would love to see Pominville hoist a cup.

Apr 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville (29) pushes the puck up the ice during the first period of the game against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

This year though I am not going to follow that theme, I am going to go with the San Jose Sharks. I like the way that Logan Couture is playing right now, and I think Brent Burns playing forward has sparked the offense. Not to mention Antti Niemi is having a great season in goal for the Sharks. The veteran leaders on the team, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau, are also quietly putting up decent numbers this year and I think they can lead the team to the Stanley Cup.

Do I think the Sharks are the best team going into the playoffs, no, of course not. Last year proved though that the best team going into the playoffs may not win it, and an underdog may prevail. So my team for the post season is the San Jose Sharks, who do you think will raise the cup?