I expected the ending to be very heavily hinting at NS. Possibly even hinting at SK.
I really expecting a full-blown romantic NS ending. (And I sure as hell wasn't expecting a full-blown NH movie.) But I expected something to be like "The Gutsy Ninja" novel, because that sort of not-quite-happy-ending seems to be Kishimoto's style.
Instead, Hinata got the fairy tale ending and the rest got nothing.
However, in spite of all the directions Kishimoto could of gone with resolving the pairings, I was fully expecting him to resolve the issues from the beginning of Naruto's journey: how he surpassed his masters, how he united Team 7, how he brought Sasuke home and redeemed him, how he became leader of Konoha and how he did things his own way, and of course how he chose to make his romantic decision (either through a flashback of him falling in love with Sakura as a child or a decision-making process of how he put his love for Sakura aside to move on to Hinata).
The one thing that is still shocking to me about the ending, even after all this time, is how little of the storyline is actually resolved. More than the crappy NH ending, that's where I feel the most betrayed as a reader.
I've said it before and my view hasn't changed: Kishi wrote one manga, then tacked on a different ending. He didn't bother to finish the first story he wrote before hijacking the characters and pushing them into another direction.