It’s that time, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are here! Tomorrow, Wednesday April 10th, is the start of the playoff season! 16 teams are here and by the end of June, one will be the winner! This playoff season is extra special for me because 1) my super wonderful team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are heading to the playoffs for the 13th straight season (NHL and franchise record!) and 2) my 2nd favorite team, the Dallas Stars, are in the playoffs and I have tickets to their first round home games! It’ll be my first playoff game and my friend’s, Madie, first NHL game! No matter what the outcome of playoffs turns out to be, these next two months are going to be super memorable! (Also, I feel like I just used way too many exclamation marks… oh well!)
Instead of filling out a traditional bracket on NHL.com (which I still ended up filling out), I’ve decided to stay true to myself and create a fun way to show off my bracket: Stanley Cup(cakes)! I baked vanilla cupcakes for the Eastern Conference and chocolate cupcakes for the Western Conference and decorated each cupcake in team colors. Well… close to team colors. You can read all about my food coloring adventures in my how to blog post (coming soon!).
I thought that I would have two brackets: one biased and one non-biased. However, when I started filling out my bracket, I realized that the two brackets are the same. No matter what, I’m cheering for the Penguins to win it all! If that doesn’t happen, I would like a Western Conference team (or a select few Western Conference teams) to win the Cup.
Quick note before you check out my bracket: I didn’t do a lot of research before filling out my bracket, so this is purely personal opinion. I added in a few notes on why I chose certain wins, but overall, I just went with my gut.
Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche | Alana’s choice: Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights | Alana’s choice: San Jose Sharks
Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars | Alana’s choice: Dallas Stars
Winnipeg Jets vs St. Louis Blues | Alana’s choice: Atlanta Thrashers… I’m sorry! I meant Winnipeg Jets
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets | Alana’s choice: Tampa Bay Lightning
Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs | Alana’s choice: Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes | Alana’s choice: Carolina Hurricanes
New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice: Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks | Alana’s choice: San Jose Sharks
Dallas Stars vs Winnipeg Jets | Alana’s choice: Winnipeg Jets
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins | Alana’s choice: Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice: Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks vs Winnipeg Jets | Alana’s choice: Winnipeg Jets
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice: Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice for Stanley Cup Champions: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS!
I think this playoff season is going to be INSANE! Part of me feels like my bracket is so out of left field and is going to be destroyed first round and the other part of me is thinking that my bracket is perfect and is going to blow everyone away. Either way, I’m very excited to watch!
I’ll be watching different games every day, while still keeping up with the Penguins and Stars. I’ll be blowing up the blog with a ton of content over the next two months, so get ready for lots of fun (and maybe some arguing).
Share you bracket with me and let me know who you think will hoist Lord Stanley in June! Also, let me know what you think of the Stanley Cup(cake) bracket. 🙂
Happy Playoffs and Go Penguins!