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08-19-2011, 12:17 AM
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Uno, the divison lead was 7 points, not 8. Maybe you need a calculator. There's one on your Windows or Mac OS. I'll do the work for you though : 103 - 96 = 7
Rough start for you here, bud. 7 points would tie us with the division leading Bruins, but we lose the tie-breaker. Ergo, 104 points was the requirement for us to win the division. 104-96 = 8
is a verb used as an ONGOING action, not as a final result.
Habs had been between 2-5 points apart from the division lead for most of the season, secondly, their % of making the playoffs was over 90% before the last 20 games of the season, 96-97% before the last 10 games, but yeah, according to you they were fighting for a playoff spot even though, they only had a 3-4% of not making it with 10 games to play.
Those are all facts. And they show the Habs fought for the division title, rather than fight for a playoff spot, which they were never really in danger of not doing, even if they did go 5-4-1 in the last games, which was a lower win% than the previous 72 games. At the 72 game mark, Habs were closer to Boston, than they were to the 9th place (5 pts vs division lead and 9 pts vs 9th place). So just 10 games before the end of the season, Habs had almost double the lead on 9th place than Boston had on the Habs.
Unfortunately your failure continues here as the season has 82 games, and not 72. Although I don't blame you for wanting to ignore the last three weeks of the regular season, as I think many of us on here would like to do the same. While we finished with a 5-4-1 record, that span included a 3 game goal-less drought and 4 out of 5 games where we posted a loss. On March 30th we sat at 89 points with the 9th place Canes, who pounded us 6-2 that night, trailed by just 2 points at 87. How many people at that point were taking comfort in the "% of making the playoffs with 10 games left". We can dig up some threads if you'd like, but with just a week left in the season we were very much in a playoff fight. And like you said, "fighting" is an ongoing action. One that doesn't stop with 10-15 games left in the season... unless you're referring to our fight for the division lead
But yeah, since the Habs finished 7 pts vs division lead, and 5 points over 9th because they played a bit under their usual win%, this means they fought for a playoff spot...
Again, it's 8 points. But yes, there was a playoff fight to speak of.
Oh, and they finished 11 points over the 10th position....
Lol. Who cares?
The only reason the 9th place lead was smaller was because 1- the Habs had a record of 5-4-1 in the last 10 games, and 2- Carolina went 7-2-1, and Buffalo went 7-1-2.... And despite those great records in the last 10 games, they couldn't pass the Habs....
Guess what? Those final 10 games count as much as the first 10 games of the season. They count as much as 10 of the forgotten mid-January games. Are they more dramatic? Sure. But they still count.
Oh yeah, and Habs did that without their best player, out for 75 of the 82 games... Which is telling of how inaccurate the negative hordes were (predicting 8th place with a full lineup in mind), as with Markov for the whole season, you can bet we would've got 100 points. Our record since 2005 with Markov in the lineup is an average of 99 points out of 82 games.
Oh yes. How can I forget the lord and savior Mr. Markov. The guy with ~50 games played in the past ~850 days. At a certain point you have to let your security blanket go. It's not going to help you here. Not with me anyways. Having Markov on your team comes with a certain probability of missed playing time, and if you accept that risk going into the season you have to face the music when **** hits the fan.
Those are all facts, deal with them.
If you ever need another lesson in factuality, I'm all yours.
Bet this looks kind of humorous now, doesn't it?
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