Do you revert back to cheering for the hometown team you followed prior to moving to South Florida? If you are a true-born or longtime local, is it the favorite team you had before the Panthers were born? That's what I do, but the Oilers missed again too...bummer. Do you have a Western Conference team ready and waiting? Do you keep it in-state and pull for the Lightning? Is your allegiance to the Eastern Conference or the Atlantic Division? Stick to the Sunbelt teams like Francisco? Or do you do what I do when both the Cats and Oilers are out of it, pull for the underdog?
This year I'm on the Winnipeg Jets bandwagon. Why? It's their first time in the playoffs after the relocation and they are a hardworking team that fought their way past the defending champs to make it in. They have earned my fandom, for at least one round. If they lose to the Ducks, I will have to re-choose.
What about you? Vote below and let's us know who is taking the Panthers' place in your heart this spring in the chase for Lord Stanley's chalice. Feel free to tell us why in the comment section and add your pick for the eventual Stanley Cup winner so you can have bragging rights once Gary Bettman hands the old bowl off.