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11-11-2012, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Marc the Habs Fan View Post
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.
I feel the opposite. We're not good enough to be a playoff team regardless of how many game are played in the season. That being said, if we can get off to a hot start early in the season, the lower number of games could prevent us from falling back to earth fast enough knock us out of a playoff spot.

The reverse is also true. With a slow start, we may end up with a top 5 pick even though I do think we're not THAT bad. At the very least, the shortened season will create a lot of unpredictability and is therefore most beneficial to teams just outside the playoffs as they could potentially end up with something they don't entirely deserve (top 5 pick or playoff spot).

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