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NHL Blog Council: Who should Canadians root for in the playoffs?

Because no Canadian team will make it there.

With a network as vast as ours here at SB Nation, we figured we'd put our fine hockey bloggers to good use. You've got questions every week. We know. And we're here to help.

Each Monday at noon ET we'll take your questions on Twitter at @SBNationNHL. Our NHL Blog Council (made up of different bloggers from around the SBN hockey network) will meet and consider your queries. Later in the week we will render our verdicts to the masses.

Without further ado ...

Blog Council: COMMENCE

Ari YanoverMatchsticks & Gasoline: Which playoff team has the most Canadians on it? Some media outlet will probably do a roster breakdown and go with that one for those desperate for nationalism in a professional sports league. … That, or they’ll just go with the Penguins because Crosby.

Kyle McIlmurrayWinging It In Motown: I have this feeling it's going to end up being Edmonton. With McDavid in the mix now, it just makes too much sense. This has nothing to do with the team, of course, which is still a hot circle of garbage. McDavid is an icon, and some dumb-dumb newspaper will puke words about Connor McDavid being Canada's player, therefore making Edmonton Canada's team.

AchariyaPension Plan Puppets: I think it's going to depend upon which Canadian media market we're talking about. Pretty sure Montreal will be too far ... what's a nice expression here ... into their own issues that they won't bandwagon a US team. Toronto will look to the south to see how next season's C does in the playoffs. (Don't make me say who.) Vancouver will probably bandwagon Luongo's team. Edmonton will be busy fixing the draft.

Sarah ConnorsStanley Cup of Chowder: If the Bruins make the playoffs, I could see them being branded as Canada’s team. I’ve met tons of Bruins fans in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. It could happen! It won’t be the Capitals, they’re too ‘Merica for Canada to even pretend like this is a thing. The best would be if they rallied around Florida. I mean, at least those playoff tickets would be affordable, right?

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Ari Yanover, Matchsticks & Gasoline: Steve Ott. I demand Steve Ott. All-Star Weekend is when the filters come off and Ott once licked a dude’s visor with the filters ON. Let’s get wild here.

Kyle McIlmurray, Winging It In Motown: No one, I hope. Let's leave it on a high note. Anything else after this is going to seem forced, and lame. The John Scott story will never be matched, so hopefully the NHL cans this entire "fan vote" part of the ASG.

Achariya, Pension Plan Puppets: Pretty sure the league isn't going to ever let fans take the reigns again. In fact, I hope not, because John Scott probably is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Sarah Connors, Stanley Cup of Chowder: The fans will absolutely power-vote in Jagr again. Come on. However, it’d be great if fans managed to force Sidney Crosby’s hand and voted him in as Captain. The amount of All-Star games he HASN’T played in is getting a bit ridiculous at this point.

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Ari Yanover, Matchsticks & Gasoline: It’ll be John Tavares (.40 goals per game, second after Stamkos) or Tyler Seguin (.39 goals per game, third). Considering Seguin gets to play with Jamie Benn on the regular now, though, let’s go with him. He’s 34 goals behind at the moment but that could change quick.

Kyle McIlmurray, Winging It In Motown: I guess the popular answer here would be Tyler Seguin. So I'll go with that. He plays on a strong offensive team with good players around him. Makes sense, but I still don't know if he can do it. Honorable mention would be Nathan MacKinnon or John Tavares.

Achariya, Pension Plan Puppets: John Tavares? Maybe Jordan Eberle, if he sticks around long enough with Connor McDavid?

Sarah Connors, Stanley Cup of Chowder: Stamkos is almost at 300 career goals, he could MAYBE eventually hit 500 but he’s going to start declining at some point. If we go with 300, that’s a really good question. No one from Stamkos’ draft class is even close. (Jordan Eberle is second with 132.) Stamkos is scoring at about an 0.5 goals/game pace, and not even some of the studs from the draft classes after him - the Seguins, the Halls, the Galchenyuks, etc. - are even close to that. So I’ll guess Seguin, if only because for his whole career he’s scored at an 0.38 GPG pace, and that seems to have picked up in his time with Dallas.