I think Buffalo was, I think Philly was...I don't think Boston will be for much longer (that last game, seemed awfully close and just before this new team identity emerged).
Carolina is definitely a team that seems to play against us well...Maybe it's having disgruntled former Leafs as their head coach that does us in, or simply being a small market team, loose and with nothing to lose by coming into our building, many, playing for family and friends...I think in the years to come it's going to be Ottawa. There's a lot of talent ready to impact that club.
And then there's New Jersey - always The Devils. But at one time or another, they're everybody's Kryptonite.
The group Wilson chose to ice,and how he chose to deploy them was a losing combo right? Actually its been our powerplay/Penalty kill ratio thats been killing us for years now.
The poor ratio is back presently(sorry to see).
No teams have anything to do with how good we are,or how bad we are.
Coaching/Management have everything to do with it.
Carlyles next big chore with this group is to stabilize the special teams.Its not being brought up much with a winning record though.
Might be time to move some players in trade to bring in Carlyle type tough to play against forwards. Not going to mention any names,but the forward group needs some shake-up still. The defense has good depth imo,and needs to be kept that way.
I believe in past 2 or 3 years our record against buffalo has been abysmal. Also....boston.
Actually, I think our record against Buffalo the past two years has improved. Two seasons ago, they either won the series or tied the series I think. Last year they tied the series. This season, Buffalo has the series right now due to an OT point they got from us. It's nothing like the strong arm Boston has on this team which is odd because the year Boston actually won the Cup, the Leafs split the series with them.
Boston's best season was last year, the rest of the seasons honestly we've been fairly decent to them,hell 2 seasons ago we went 4-2 against them. One team that seems to always beat us is Buffalo and Carolina.