The style is too intense. They gonna came in the playoff completely burn out.
MTL are out in 4, by boston.
"Too intense" in a way that's different from any other team? We're playing more like the harder-edged teams we've aspired to be. It might be an unusually new style for us, but it's nothing new for most successful teams who succeed in the playoffs. Injuries might happen, they might not, but it won't be because we play an especially vulnerable style.
Let's make the POs first. We're only 8pts out, and we're entering a tougher stretch with 11games of 16 on the road until end of March. Seven games in that span will be within our own division, teams we struggled against.
So, let's wait before discussing how great we think we'll be in the POs.
We need Gionta to no longer be a black hole of production.
We need Markov to fix his **** up. Don't if he needs more rest, less icetime, but we will not win with him playing at the level he is playing at.
We need a solid Dman in the mold of Scuderi.
We need a faceoff specialist worth a damn.
Otherwise, we are legit contenders. And don't think I'm in fanboy mode. I hated every almost moment of the Martin era because I knew that we didn't have enough and expected poor results, and it was true.
I personally think that a passive system is less effective than a puck pursuit system that requires forechecking when the opportunity arises. By putting the pressure on the opposing team and controlling the puck it forces them to chase and wears them down. If we can manage to figure out how to hold a lead, this system can be a very good one in the playoff. Price will have to adapt his style to be good when facing less shots, which can be hard to do as you never really get into the game.