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08-27-2011, 06:45 PM
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my perspective is that it has very little to do with the lightning and more to do with the capitals. tampa bay succeded in forcing the issue with the capitals last season in the regular season. i expect that will continue this season. that said, washington had two rookie centers, a shut down defense pair of 2 rookie defensemen, and 3 rookie goalies. that and every one of their top 5 offensive players had off seasons to significantly off seasons.
i think there are few that would predict that ovechkin, backstrom, semin and green are all going to continue to regress while the rookies all regress in their second seasons.
as many have pointed out, the regular season and the playoffs are two different things. the capitals have finished in the east 2nd, 1st and 1st in the past three seasons and the consensus is that they are a better team this season. to lose to them in the regular season is no shock for anyone. its in the playoffs where the real questions are anyway. there the lightning already have an advantage.
I think you clicked on the wrong board.
As for me, this is first season in which going INTO the season where I feel confident about our goaltending and there's hardly any question marks going in. We know what Roli is all about now and Garon is a solid backup who can play a string of games if needed and doesn't look out of place when doing so. Think the goalies will be split up about 50-30 or 45-35 or along those lines with Roli getting the majority. The defense is pretty much the same minus Lundin and the offense is still as potent as last year. People have to remember the playoffs were pretty much the first time all year where we had all of our forwards healthy and in the lineup at the same time. If the injury bug stays away from us this year, I'd actually expect to see improvement.
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