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01-30-2013, 06:16 AM
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Koempel
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I'm actually quite worried after seeing the game. It just seems like those Tampa teams from a few years past. Three top-of-the-league players surrounded by a bunch of decent grinders and a very mediocre defense topped off with questionable goaltending at times. Of course they didn't have Crosby and Malkin, but Sid looks disinterested at the moment and Malkin very frustrated. Sutter has been a big disappointment, but that's probably because of my expectations. Still Neal didn't exactly light it up either when he first arrived.

It's not that I thought we were a favourite for the cup, but atleast I assumed the playoffs would be an easily accomplished goal. Even that seems like a reach, it looks like we'll be in the battle for the last three spots. I don't think this is one of those early season ruts you shrug off, it seems more like of a continuation of last years muddle-in-the-middle play...both boring and inconsistent hockey.

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