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Rangers @ Caps Game 5: see you on sunday
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05-11-2013, 06:16 AM
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Even if you do include it the issue of consistency is more important in many people's minds. last season was an outlier which is very important in terms of analysis
It will only be proven an anomaly if we don't achieve something similar in the next year or 2. That's the problem with analyzing statistics before they're complete. Before our terrible start, it seemed like a natural progression (After addressing the teams primary need, a 1C in Richards).
Teams rise and fall ALL the time. We've been consistently in the mix. The only time we missed the playoffs was by, quite literally, the smallest of margins: a shootout.
If we're being truly logical here, judging a team by playoff exits is nothing short of asinine. We saw 2 game sevens last season. A bounce in the other direction, and we could have been bounced in either the 1st or second round.
Another example: the Devils. They faced OT in game 7 of the first round, and if you remember, a Flordia player struck post. The Devils would go on to reach the cup finals, but we all know that they were a quarter of an inch from an embarrassing first round loss.
Can we really complete an analysis based on a quarter of an inch.
Heroes are made in the playoffs. Stories, legends, cups, memories, they're all a result of the set up, the drama; and don't get me wrong, I love it. But if you're going to ask me what sample i'm going to lend more weight to, it's going to be the 82 game season, not the 20 playoff games.
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