Well, I have said it before and now I am saying it again. The Sutters tend to suck everything out of their players that they have to give. And they usually do that around the 60 game mark of the season. Keenan has the same tendency. You ever notice how everybody talks about how the intensity changes throughout training camp and then it rises again during the regular season and then the last 20 games of the regular season and then there is playoff hockey intensity.
The reason I don't get too excited about the Sutter coached teams early on is because they tend to demand playoff hockey intensity from the beginning of training camp. And that always looks good up to the halfway mark but the problem is that a) it causes too many injuries and b) most normal human beings cannot stay wound that tight for 200 consecutive days. It masks a lack of talent early on but burns everybody out. Without the hot goalie they are starting to play at their normal talent level with energy burnout.
They have had a nice run and they are getting better overall but they have been overacheiving this season at about the same rate as the Oilers have been underacheiving so far.