Not the be-all and end-all, but there is the factor of familiarity. We knew the West teams better because we played them more often, and we played them in the playoffs. Notice how we're more familiar with the Lightning than, say, Montreal.
I think after a few more years, we'll be as aware of each East team's strengths and weaknesses as we were of the West's.
$5 if the Pens, Hawks or Kings go out in the first round
$3 a goal for Abby (MSU)
$3 for an OFFICIAL Kronwalling
$2 a goal for Hank or Pav
$1 for each Larkin markin
$1 for each shortie
$50 for each Cleary goal
If you're in for Cleary, I am too. One of my hamsters had the middle name Daniel after him, and he was a HUGE Cleary fan.
I'll not go $50 as that could break me, but I will double my normal hamster stakes for any goal by Cleary.
Yes! I was just changing my sig today to reflect the playoffs, and I realized that I usually have one related to this. Since I go complicated, I keep track in my sig.
Please, if you are a first-time contributer, don't be frightened off by my madness. It is totally acceptable to just pledge $1 per win or whatever you like.
Once again, I'm pledging $1 for each goal scored by any active Red Wing after whom I've named a hamster, all of whom are now running in that Big Wheel in the Sky, and $5 for a game in which the other team fails to score on a goaltender for whom I've named one of the aforementioned hamsters.
The $1 will become $2 if the goal scored is the GWG, $3 if it is a series-clinching goal, and $10 if it is the Cup-clinching goal.
Rather than listing the full names of my beloved pets, I'll just list the names of those who remain with the team: