Are we good enough for Stanley Cup run?
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03-19-2014, 07:48 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Right now we'd face Tampa in the first round. What's our season record against them to date?
I think we're good enough for a run to the finals given this weak Eastern Conference, and anything can happen in one lone series.
The big question marks, in order of importance, are...
1) Can Price perform as well in the playoffs as he has in the regular season?
2) Can the DD-Vanek-Patches line produce in the playoffs at its regular season pace? We know Vanek can do his part from his 15 goals in 36 playoff games with Buffalo. But DD and Patches are less proven.
3) Can our D stay healthy? We have decent D depth (in the sense of having many adequate bottom pairing guys), but there is a big fall-off after Subban and Markov - So we need both of them to stay healthy.
4) Can a 36-year old Briere continue to be a playoff stud?
Either 3 of these 4 goes our way, and I think this team can have a very nice run.
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