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View Poll Results: Are the Preds going to get back into the playoffs?
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02-09-2009, 04:03 PM
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Pretender or Contender?

The current streak has generated some renewed belief but there are plenty of teams fighting for the last few spots. So the question is simple: Do the Preds have what it takes to contend for a playoff spot down the stretch or do they fade like old blue jeans?

As much as it pains me to say it, I think they fade. They consistently have lacked a third player on each of the top 2 lines. Sully and Jones aren't making me feel like that has changed. The D has tightened up and Rinne in net as the starter will help but I don't think we can hang in with our goal scoring. The margin for error is too thin.


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I still think we are pretenders. The powerplay being terrible is not a fallacy. Trotz's ridiculous lines for half the season, and odd and nonsensical powerplay pairings are not a fallacy. The fact that our defense is required to provide a huge portion of our offense AND make NO mistakes is not a fallacy. If we make a playoffs, it is only if we: 1) Trade for something that changes the way we play. A top 6 winger could potentially do this. 2) Pekka Rinne literally carries us to the playoffs. 3) Steve Sullivan becomes a PPG player again.

I do not think we should be buyers, so I do not seeing 1 occuring. I think Sullivan is simply unable to reach the level he was at pre-surgery (although he could become a .8 ppg player given time.....but we do not have that time), so I am going to say not happening to option 3. Option 2 is possible to me, but I still think we are too weak up front and too contingent on a perfect defensive game to make it into the playoffs. Is it possible? Yes. I still doubt it will happen.

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02-10-2009, 07:20 AM
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I agree with you guys. It's possible of course. Defense and goaltending can do only so much.We just don't score enough. What would be worse is almost making it, I'd rather tank and sell and see if we can build for next year. Nobody likes a tease

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Consider me an optimist. I think they are still contenders.

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Since the Admirals intro song is "The Pretender", I'll vote that way also (among other reasons).

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I in the middle

I think we make a trade, squeek into 8th place, and then get obliterated in 4 games straight.

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We fade and finish 12th in the WC. Trotz gets fired at the end of the season.

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We fade and finish 12th in the WC. Trotz gets fired at the end of the season.
Is that what you think or what your hope?

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We fade and finish 12th in the WC. Trotz gets fired at the end of the season.
That's my hope

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Is that what you think or what your hope?
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Right now, if the team played the way they are capable of, they could be contenders.

But, there is an 11 gm; 3 1/2 week stretch in March that will prove the team to be pretenders. We play Philly, Wash., NYR, PHX, LA 2x, ANA 2x, SJ 2x, and Det.

Plus, there are too many teams to jump over and those teams keep winning, and it will be too late at the deadline to try to get a significant piece here to make a real move.

I just don't see it this year.

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so I want to change my vote.



PRETENDERS

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Preds are so fragile I just don't see them sustaining a drive for enough points with a resurgent Chicago and maybe even some others. Even if they squeak into post-season, they are one and done. Not enough scoring depth.

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02-11-2009, 01:30 PM
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Preds are so fragile I just don't see them sustaining a drive for enough points with a resurgent Chicago and maybe even some others. Even if they squeak into post-season, they are one and done. Not enough scoring depth.
Pretenders & Trotz is fired

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02-11-2009, 03:42 PM
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Pretenders & Trotz is fired
Trotz being fired would make me one happy fan, but I just don't see it happening again this season.

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pretender, def.

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