Taking rivalries out of it for a moment, I think we should want Ottawa to win. Ottawa isn't a soft team by any means, but they would be the least physical of themselves, the leafs and Bs. It's good for us to play Ottawa because we avoid the drain from a first round physical series and Boston and Toronto will be a very exhausting series, and whoever wins that one would be banged up in round 2. Ottawa will be a tough opponent, but I think it's better for us to face them.
gotta remember that if we play the laffs that we will practically be playing against 3 lines verses our 4 lines. that will make a big difference in the long run. their goons will not see the ice much, especially in montreal were we have last change. carlyle will not risk having their 4 th line out there against our top line. Did you notice how they where bottled up in their zone last night.
So, if Sens win, we face them. If Sens lose in OT, they face Boston and we face Laffs.
I don't mind facing the Leafs in the playoffs. But I'll never root for the Bruins, ever. The two teams I hate the most. **** em. Plus, it would be sweet for those two to fight each other in the playoffs.
I don't like the Sens either. But I don't have a deep seeded hate for them.
The higher seed is simply better. It's two rounds of guaranteed home ice instead of one. It's avoiding Pittsburgh in round two. It's a little less of a media circus playing the Sens than the Leafs.
So go Senators!
This is the correct answer. Plus the road to Stanley requires some gifts be bestowed from other series, I think the Leafs could take Boston which could do some dirty work for us. If these 2 so called "physical" teams bang each other up that would be a sweet bonus.
I'm totally mixed about this game. If the Bruins win, we play the Leafs, which is fine with me. We can definitely beat the Leafs. OTOH, if Ottawa wins we win the division, which is cool since we finished last last season.
I'm not really rooting for anyone since both results works for us.