Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019 | Stanley Cup(cake) Bracket

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Snacks + Sweets / Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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 (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.


Western Conference

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche | Alana’s choice: Calgary Flames

San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights | Alana’s choice: San Jose Sharks

Vegas did great last year and definitely surprised me, but I think this win will go to the Sharks!

Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars | Alana’s choice: Dallas Stars

LET’S GO STARS! I definitely think that the Stars can kick serious ass in the first round if they can get their offense on the same page. Getting to playoffs might have been the push they needed.

Winnipeg Jets vs St. Louis Blues | Alana’s choice: Atlanta Thrashers… I’m sorry! I meant Winnipeg Jets

Yes, I made an Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets joke. It probably won’t be the last time you hear that! Anyway… I actually had a very hard time deciding between these two teams. Winnipeg has been doing very well over the past few years and I could definitely see them winning the Cup, if not this year, then a year or two in the future. However, I saw St. Louis play while I was in Pittsburgh and I was very impressed! I could definitely see this series going the other way and St. Louis playing in the next round. And I would LOVE to see a Stars/Blues match up in round two!

Eastern Conference

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

Two reasons for choosing this outcome: 1) I don’t want the Penguins and the Capitals playing each other in the playoffs because I’m so bored with that match up. 2) I’ve been loving the Hurricanes this season and I think the perfect way to end their season would be to kick the current Stanley Cup champs out of the playoffs!

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice: Pittsburgh Penguins

That poor Islanders cupcake.


Western Conference

Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks | Alana’s choice: San Jose Sharks

Dallas Stars vs Winnipeg Jets | Alana’s choice: Winnipeg Jets

I’m sorry, Stars! I love y’all, but I don’t think this is your year. BUT like I said before about the Jets, I see the Stars doing some really great things, including a Cup win, within the next few years! I would love for them to prove me wrong and destroy my entire bracket by winning round 2 and continue through playoffs!

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins | Alana’s choice: Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice: Pittsburgh Penguins

Wow, some of these faces…


San Jose Sharks vs Winnipeg Jets | Alana’s choice: Winnipeg Jets

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice: Pittsburgh Penguins

Tampa, you’ve had an incredible year – congratulations! But… the Penguins are going to the Finals!


Winnipeg Jets vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Alana’s choice for Stanley Cup Champions: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS!

In a perfect world, my favorite team will win the Cup! In a not perfect, but still perfectly fine world, the Winnipeg Jets (or one or two other Western Conference teams) will win the Cup.

Overall Thoughts

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!

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