Blue Jackets all day. It's perfect in too many ways.
If I had to pick an East team, let it be the Islanders. 1. Islanders-Blue Jackets would be the most unlikely finals pairing if you asked people a year ago, which is part of why it would be great. 2. There is no question this would piss off Rangers fans (be it because they may lose to the Isles on their way, or may just got knocked out early elsewhere). That's always a fun result, no matter how we get to it.
That being said, give me the Blue Jackets. I hate rooting for anyone else in the east.
They're getting there, but the beauty of it is that any Islanders fan under 35 really hasn't seen them ever do a damn thing in the grand scheme of things. Can easily put them in their place until/unless they win something.
That and I know like... two islanders fans, so I deal with it easily. Having a brother as an Islanders fan though is a whole different story.
West: Anyone but Detroit. If Columbus makes it, then them.
East: I've always liked Boston for the past few years. I watch them a lot and they play my style of hockey. However, I'm on the NY Islanders bandwagon. Big fan of Tavares, Hamonic, Grabner, all 3 Matt's, and Boulton.
The only other teams I could see myself pulling for in the East are Washington because Ovechkin is exciting again and I like Adam Oates and Toronto because Kadri has been a good story and Mark Fraser rules.
I'm not a fan of Pittsburgh, but dammit, Iginla and Morrow deserve a Cup so I wouldn't be too upset if they won it.