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11-02-2011, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by ziggy7716 View Post
With soo many people thinking so negatively I had to have some positive threads in here. It's 9 games people, we are 3-4-2, with the last 2 games could have easily been wins, especially the Penguins game. Look at the Bruins, they are off to a bad start but I can assure you they will be in the playoffs for sure. With the exception of two or three games they have been pretty good.

-John Tavares is playing like he's becoming elite
-PA Parenteau has been pretty good so far at a PPG
-Are PK is among the top 10; as well as our PP
-Grabner and Nielsen are starting to come around
-Mark Streit has been great; D as a whole has been solid
-Are goaltending has been pretty damn good

Good things are happening, take a step back and breathe. Everything is going to be OK. Come April this team will be anywhere from 6th-9th. Fairly confident when I say that.

Bottom line is, it's way to early to start declaring there is no progress and the season is a failure.
Here's my problem: even if Tavares, Parenteau, and the goalies keep it up, even if Grabner and Nielsen catch fire...we are still one major defensive injury from having the season end. We have absolutely zero depth on the blueline. What's worse, 3 of our top 6 defensemen are huge injury risks.

I wish I could share your confidence that the Isles could be one of the 6 top teams in the conference, but when I look around the East I struggle to come up with 6 teams that we are definitely better than. We might be able to sneak into one of the last playoff spots, but this team is in desperate need of an upgrade.

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