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11-10-2012, 11:05 PM
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Marc the Habs Fan
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I feel the longer the lockout goes, the more our ''playoff chances'', whatever they may be to start with for this season, decrease. With a new coaching staff, they'll need some time to get familiar with the team and the team will need a lot of time to learn their new systems, especially since training camp will likely be very short. And factor in that a condensed schedule means fewer practices than normal.

So I can easily see the first 15-20 games being basically one big adaptation period and essentially an extended training camp, all while playing 4 games a week on average, meaning the potential for injury is higher than normal. The potential for a difficult 15-20 games to start is there, which would pretty much end the season if it's a 50-60 game one.

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