As a sports fan, you’ve probably seen it a million times. An athlete is interviewed right after a big win, and is asked what team he prefers to play in the next round of the playoffs. The athlete’s boring response includes things like “we have no preference”, “any team we play will be tough” and “we’re just happy to be here”.
We all know the athlete can’t be honest—but I can. When it comes to who the Vancouver Canucks play in the first round of the 2011 NHL playoffs, I do have a preference.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe the Canucks can beat any other team in a seven game series. However, admit there are some teams that I would rather face, either because it would be a better series, or an easier one.
Here, in reverse order, are the teams that I would prefer the Canucks to play in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
By the way—less than a quarter of the season left, and there are still 10 (reasonably) possible playoff opponents for Vancouver. How crazy is the Western Conference race?