There are fewer games left in which to burn out in this foreshortened season. The Habs won't have to win that many more games before it becomes too difficult for the laggards to overtake them for a playoff spot.
IT'll be hard to maintain there play with the intensity and amount of games they play. One day off between games isn't enough to heal the body. two games is really not enough time either.
I've tossed around the idea of using Kaberle and Weber, and maybe Bourque when he is healthy and Louis le blanc to fill in for players for nothing else than a rest day. and they could rotate giving each player a rest day for a full 4 day's recovery. Won't happen but could be a good idea.
Every team is in the same boat. The big X-Factor is injuries, which nobody can control or predict. No reason for us to burn out more than other teams, but we could drop if we get too many injuries to key players.
Luckily, we've built up a solid enough lead for an almost-sure playoff berth.
Boston's situation is odd. A great record, but they've been healthier and better-rested than anyone in the league. All those catch-up games may catch up to them next month.
I thought about it and my guess is it's easier to keep on pushing the intensity philosophy in a shortened season, nearer to the finish line. They probably won't burn out because their hard work has paid much so far.
The timing of the no excuses mentality and 100% effort all the time is perfect for THIS season, and the players are in a situation to buy it (young players, new players).
My doubts will start to grow next season.
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Do I think we'll end the season in 1st place in conference? No.
Do I think we'll burnout and miss the playoffs? No.
That's how I feel.
Galchenyuk and Gallagher have been huge additions. The future looks very bright. I'm really excited about the future of this team. The fact that we're playing so well already is great.
I don't think it will last all year. Teams get off to weird starts all the time and then things normalize. The Leafs this year were really hot and are now cooling down whereas the Flyers are seemingly back to normal.
We'll probably cool off but in this strike shortened season we'd have to fall off a cliff to miss the playoffs. If we finish 1st... huge accomplishment considering where we were last year.
I voted no because we're winning off of the back of our defense. All of them are reliable, and we have depth past our top 6 with Weber + Kaberle. Even St-Denis in Hamilton has shown he can be reliable at the NHL level in a small role. The key is for Plekanec to be healthy IMO. If he goes down it could spell trouble since we have no centers capable of handling other team's top lines.
Can we burn out? It's a possibility. A certainty? No. But we're going to have bad streaks sooner or later this season. I'd be even more impressed if we don't. We'll definitely slow down a few paces if there are more injuries and depending who they are. But seeing the way things are going. I have no reason to believe that we'll suddenly drop a couple rankings unless something major. (you know, in the way the Leafs usually do, they play well and then just plummet to the lower ranks)