let's just hope this "slump" doesn't become a full season nightmare.
Even if it does, we'll still make the playoffs. Hopefully come playoff time this team will be ready to play. We're becoming spoiled brats. Our team falls to ONLY one game above .500 and we all start crying. Have faith in our team my fellow sens fan - all is well that endeth well.
I don't see blaming injuries. Every team has them, so it's something we simply have to overcome. Given our depth, I don't see why it should have had a major effect. Bonk, Hossa, Chara, Varada, Alfredsson, Spezza, Phillips, Redden, Smoke and Lalime have been pretty much healthy all year.
Personally, I thought the Avs had the best depth in the league. The Flyers, the Blues, the Canucks, the Devils in recent history have had pretty decent depth and a crop of good young prospects. The Sens have been known to make outstanding picks or steals at the draft, but it's not like we've always had a huge farm team stacked with them. In Grand Rapids, we only supplied them with 12 prospects for many years; GR was independant and they supplied the rest of their roster themselves with players that had no affiliation to the Sens.
The Sens have a good crop of young talent, we like to brag a lot because our scouts have made good moves, but at this point, I wouldn't say we are a powerhouse at depth. I like the balance of the team at Bingo and the coaching, I think they have good chances to win, but that team is not stacked with no-miss NHL superstars.
Because of the success the Sens have had in building their club from within, we are perceived in a very favorable light at depth. But I would rate our depth as relatively good, not mind blowing excellent. I hope they stop selling off our prospects like Gleason and Klepis but I suppose it is hard not to trade futures for immediate help when everyone can sense the cup so near.
Injuries are absolutly not an excuse, the Sens are deep and the only call up that could have weakened the lineup may have been Vauclair.
Time to step up and beat all the teams that were below us in the standings last year.
The Sens are very deep, but you get enough injuries at one time and it would challenge any team.
I don't think the Sens are using it as an excuse though. They've been pointing the finger at inconsistent efforts rather than any injuries.
I have to say though that I'm not overly amused with some of the injuries. They have 8 NHL calibre defencemen. Normally, that's deep. When you go through what the Sens just went through where four defencemen are injured and not playing and another one is playing with a bum knee and a sore groin... yes, that will hurt.
I don't think it's injuries that's hurting the forwards though. They're just not on the same page yet.
A statistical note for my fellow sens fans: The team with the best goal differential will almost always be the team with the best record. If you look at last year, a team will rarely stray more than two spots away from their Goal Differential Ranking. The sens are first in their division in goal diff and are something like 4th in the conference. If they continue at this pace the wins will come. You can't be considered in a slump when your team is on pace to outscore the opposition by at least 50 goals.