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10-13-1. "A bunch of donkeys on skates"
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02-06-2013, 01:50 PM
Join Date: May 2009
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It's spooky - we are running the 94-95 lockout playbook, almost to the tee. We started like crap then, and still made the playoffs.
Jan 21 1–1 @ Hartford Whalers 0–0–1
Jan 24 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques 0–1–1
Jan 25 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens 0–2–1
Jan 27 5–2 New York Islanders 1–2–1
Jan 29 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3–1
Feb 2 0–1 Buffalo Sabres 1–4–1
Feb 4 3–2 Florida Panthers 2–4–1
Feb7 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres 2–5–1
Feb 8 4–5 @ New York Rangers 2–6–1
Feb11 1–1 @ Boston Bruins 2–6–2
Feb 13 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2–7–2
Feb 15 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils 2–8–2
Feb 18 4–2 Quebec Nordiques 3–8–2
Feb 20 0–2 New Jersey Devils 3–9–2
Feb 23, 5–5 @ Ottawa Senators 3–9–3
Feb 25 3–3 @ New Jersey Devils 3–9–4
Feb 26 1–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–9–5
Feb 28 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers 3–10–5
We have been terrible so far, and yet are only 4 points out of the 8th spot. The team is playing without any confidence or belief - you can see it drain before your eyes as the game goes on, to the point that by the 2nd period they seem to be asking themselves how are we going to lose this one. Ovie, in particular, is like a brooding doom and gloomer from, well, a Russian novel.
The lack of belief exacerbates our weaknesses - not enough speed, soft board play, lack of net presence, absence of scoring touch. All these things are symptoms right themseleves with a little belief and confidence.
Juneau, Bondra, and Carey made the playoffs possible. I remember ESPN blasting us about the start. We had a decent defense then.
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