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12-03-2011, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
I wasn't really comparing the teams as teams... more just making the point that it's still REALLY early in the season and tough to tell who is really as good as their record and who isn't. Of course the teams with this kind of record look legit right now, but the season isn't old enough for us to truly have discovered their flaws. A more recent example would be last year's Thrashers, I guess.
I think you can look at some things to be able to tell whether a team is legit or not, though. Like goal differential, and watching the actual play. The Rangers look like a balanced team that isn't riding a hot line or a hot player, and they're playing strong defense and getting good goaltending. Can't really ask them to do a whole lot more

It's like, is anyone asking whether Pittsburgh is for real?

Now, I"m also generally optimistic about the team, but I don't really expect them to keep up this winning rate. What I do expect them to do is to make the playoffs pretty handily instead of squeeking in, and to make some noise in the playoffs.

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