if we're down and out by jan, i mean really out, no reason to finish 10th, tank
that doesn't make much sense.
if we're "down and out" and you mean "really out" by january, then how do we end up in 10th place? That would mean there's 5 teams even more REALLY OUT behind us.
For us to be considered "REALLY OUT" as early as January, we'd have to be so far behind everyone else that finishing 10th wouldn't even be within our reach. And even if we're somehow in last place by January, this team wouldn't tank. We've got a very strong team. When Gomez settles into his role and finds the right linemates, when Jagr gets going, when Shanny's shots start popping in, when the powerplay starts clicking, when Avery gets healthy, when Staal gets 35 NHL games under his belt, when Lundqvist... oh wait, he's a brick wall. How can you honestly be worried at this point? Have you guys never lived through a bad streak before? The season just started. Relax.
Even if we brought up the entire AHL forward and defense and played them in front of Lundqvist, we'd make the playoffs. That's why threads like these are obnoxious 7 games into the season. This team will hit stride and be fine. Have some patience, please.