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02-11-2013, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Forever View Post
No rebuilding team goes from second last to playoffs. There's an Inbetween phase in there.

I remember the year that Hall and Eberle were rookies there was a thread posted asking what year everyone expected to compete for the playoffs. If I recall correctly, the consensus was: a top 3 selection in 2011, top 5 in 2012, top 10 in 2013 while competing for a playoff spot in April.

I think that's where we are right now. We might not make the playoffs, but we won't be a bottom feeder. Just a few years ago everyone predicted 2013-2014 was the year we were going to compete. It's the five year rebuild plan.
I think that was a realistic plan, but a 48-game season alters that. A team suffering detrimental injuries is even more likely to stumble in the standings this season, which makes it possible for one or two teams to sneak in.

All it takes is a good run and you're in IMO.

Mind you, if the Oilers continue to play like they did vs Columbus, you can kiss any thought of the playoffs goodbye.

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