The playoff "extra gear"
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04-19-2011, 01:40 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
I'm not sure what to think to be honest.
A couple of takes on their struggles the last year in the playoffs and so far this season
1) We've yet to actually see our top 6 healthy and playing together in the playoffs. Last season Vanek and Hecht were banged up. This year its Roy and Hecht. I can't say those 2 in the lineup this year (and Vanek/Hecht last year) means we win. But I think it would certainly change the dynamic quite a bit.
2) Building on #1, we still don't have that much high end depth yet. Particularly on defense and at center.
3) We are up against better and deeper teams. I would be more concerned if we were the deeper, more talented team and were still struggling to win.
There are few top players that excel without a strong supporting cast and just carry their team to success.
Take Chicago's current playoff struggles. Guys like Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook haven't forgotten how to play in the playoffs. But they no longer have the deep team they used to have. The Hawks are overmatched depth and talent wise in the playoffs for the first time in 3 post seasons after losing players like Byfuglien, Ladd, Versteeg and Sopel. Plus Bolland is out injured.
Success in the playoffs is about depth of talent, a little luck with your health and guys rising to the occassion. I suppose its fair to get on our top guys for not being better than they have been. But is the problem their lack of battle or are they overmatched by who they are up against?
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