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12-20-2011, 01:29 PM
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I think we can agree on a bunch of things:
1 - This team is underachieving
2 - This team has had it's share of injuries
3 - While getting bigger recently, the skill players are still too small up front
4 - The defence has some similiar parts that are all soft
5 - The team has played a system that doesn't match the assets
6 - Overall, this team, when healthy, would need a Conn Smythe performance from its netminder and some luck to win the cup

I'm convinced that if this team played to its potential, its a playoff team. Not many, if any, things have gone the Habs way this year. Lots of injuries, underperforming players, blown leads etc..But, this team isnt a Stanley Cup championship calibre team without point #5. Playoffs? Yes. Cup contender, no, or maybe not yet. That said, of course I want this team to make the playoffs because anything can happen if you make the big dance.

I really like some of the pieces on this team - Price, PK, Gorges, Emelin, Markov (if he gets healthy), Pacioretty, Cole, Pleks, Eller, and even AK, Cammy and Gionta. I think the real issue is that individually many of the pieces are good but collectively, there are size and softness concerns.

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