I actually used to like the Panthers back in the day when they had Beezer in goal in the mid-90s, but nowadays they are just above the rank of being a team among the ones I dislike. Beezer was from Detroit, right?! He was simply in a class of his own along with Roy and Hasek.
Well, I have to disagree. I think it's much more than just picking a favorite based on talent. A favorite has to be a team which for some reason or another strikes a chord with you, which in turn makes you wish that team would win against their opponents.
...like in the recent Euro 2012, you just root for the country of your heritage, ... simple.