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02-20-2013, 09:19 AM
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Rutabaga
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-The team wasnt worthy of the 15th place last year, which completely distort a lot of judgements. The same core of players was good enough for 44 wins and 6th place in 2010-11.

-No major injuries. We've seen last year what those could do to a team.
-We've scored first on 12/16 games. That obviously helps.
-Poor adversity. Not for the schedule in particular, but seriously, Buffalo is terrible, Ottawa is destroyed by injuries.
The SE division is a mess and the Islanders are still not able to overcome their problems.
Which means that at worst, you're basically sure, even if you're not playing that well, to be in contention for 7th or 8th.

The funny part is that i feel that these results have been acquired despite Therrien's questionable decisions.
There is still quite a few facts that are really frustrating me because that team could still play better than this. Or at the very least make a better use of his personnel.
Right now, they have some luck, but once they'll lose 3 in a row, we know how the vultures will come back.

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