You've probably heard of the playoffs referred to as "the dance" as teams prepare all season just to earn an invite to play extra hockey from mid-April to June. It's all about just getting into the dance as anything can happen in the NHL playoffs as countless teams have proven in the past. With all this dance talk going on we decided to reminiscence about school dances back in the day by comparing teams in the playoffs to kids at these dances. You could look back at school dances as cruel social experiments with so many different personalities squished into a gym with the expectation that every one will behave appropriately and that's exactly what the NHL playoffs are like.
Here's our comparisons of NHL teams to kids at a school dance and a little introduction to the prize they all have their eyes on:
The Hottest Girl In The School - The Stanley Cup
Everyone wants the chance to dance with her and assuming this dance is a senior prom they also want to take her home. She's the top prize that you dream about winning as a kid and eventually hoisting over your head similar to Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey over his head in Dirty Dancing (had to give the shoutout to Derek Sutton).
The Cool Kids - Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks
These guys have the best chance of dancing with and taking the Hottest Girl In The School home. They are either tougher than most of the kids or they can dangle on the dance floor to get themselves in a good position to wheel. Ask most people who they think will win the Cup and one of these four teams will likely come up in conversation.