I'm really starting to hope for nothing but failure for Winnepeg
I hate Winnipeg and their annoying/disrespectful fans. They only held a playoff spot due to a slumping/injured Capitals team and a severely hampered Carolina team. Winnipeg is just the product of streakiness and chance. They are not even close to being a playoff team.
I really want caps to win it all this year (behind us of course . They're a good team and for such a good team they are really overshadowed by teams like the penguins and bruins and blackhawks. For good reason of course, but I think it would be nice to see a new team win it, epecially one that was close to missing the playoffs.
They were doing pretty well until Ward got injured. Then Ellis got hurt. We would suck as well if we had to play Rynnas for a majority of the season.
It's more than that tho. All that money spent on the offensive end
Yet they still aren't that great offensively - they have poor scoring depth and the blueline is blue collar.
Much like Tampa they suck so bad defensively
I was able to catch some of the Hawks/Wild game last night. The Hawks are just in a different league compared to the rest of the teams now. Their ability to make plays off the rush, crash the net, and their tenacious pressure when not in possesion of the puck make them dangerous no matter where they are on the ice. When they are on, it seems like every pass they make is tape to tape. Last night the Wild were doing their boring old crap, and collapsing down low every time the Hawks entered the zone. In response to this, the Hawks dumped it into the corner, sent thier fast forward after the puck and crashed the net HARD. That generated some really good chances for the entire 1st peroid. A little sharper shooting would have seen them get a 2-0 lead early on. And as Minnesota is, they were playing to avoid mistakes in the offensive zone. Always sending in 2 forwards deep and keeping the dmen high. Don't think I saw a single pinch out of their dman the few times they established zone time. Not gonna beat good teams often playing like that.
The Wild are the classic defensive team who clog 2/3 of the ice, and hope to score a couple from the few chances they get. Pretty pathetic given the quality of players they have. They are having success - but honestly, I wouldn't pay to watch a team like that even if they were winning.