Based on your definition, there are only about 10 good hockey teams, if that. For those who don't believe shootout success is part of being a good hockey team since it shouldn't really be a part of the game, there are less teams.
The system is what it is. It might feel like 36-37, but it's 36-24-13. I don't understand why people continue to make a big deal about it. It is what it is. Points % is all that really matters, at the end of the day.
Even if you take away divisions, we're currently still the 6th seed in the East and a playoff team (currently) in the West.
I see nothing wrong in saying that this team has been "good." Far from great/elite, but "good" is fair.
And if they take care of business as they should in these last 9 games, the season will certainly be looked at as "good."
We've had a pretty tough schedule. The light part of our schedule seems to be coming in this finale of the season. No excuses not to take advantage now.
Great post. I don't get all the Debbie Downers in first page of thread. This is a GOOD team. We go into tough barns with a B-/C grade, and pull out two points.