I think this team is quite different from some of our successful teams of the past, other years we came roaring out of the gate but our team was much more 1 dimensional. ie. great PP, but poor 5 on 5.
This season we have a little of everything, Markov back and healthy, a couple young surprising talents who made the leap to the bigs and have been an asset. a great pick up. some more grit. PK and Price are 1 more year seasoned. we seem to have a good attitude in the dressing room this year, the first in awhile.
I mean honestly I could go on and on, this team just seems to have real promise and I'm not even afraid of a jinx saying that.
I mean "The Habs" a puck possession team. who would have thought it.
But I really don't understand the pessimism around here.
Agreed on both fronts. I think Boston will win the division but we will finish 4th-6th. If they were barely winning most of our games or just pulling them out of their arses then I could see why people would doubt them. But the last two games they've played against the Sens and the Leafs should be an indication of how good the team is this year, even with a couple bad injuries (Bourky and Diaz).
I'm guessing you knew what was implied, i.e., that the Pens will rarely lose 3 (but it could happen!) and Bylsma will get his ship righted. Then again, even the pens can have a bad streak and if they have bad puck luck and we finish our chances, no reason why they can't drop a 3rd straight. That or we just plain win the fight even if they are at the top of our game.
I will say this from observing the players all around the ice at the ACC last night --- we miss Diaz! I would feel a lot more confident going into this weekend with him playing. And not like Bourque wasn't doing a fantastic job. Everyone has injuries, just saying I think we are every bit as good as the pens and bruins with all healthy lineups.
The Pens are not that good without Sid or Malkin and that's the bottom line. They have 1 line when 1 of the 2 is out of the lineup, if we could stop Sid with Neal and Kunitz there is nothing left. Our speed will take care or their awful D and Fleury is so ****ing shaky he is one of the worst goalies in the league