So, what do you expect and what do you consider to be a success. Never mind who they play in first round, just what do you want them to do, how far to go to feel satisfied and proud of Canes.
Try to be realistic and not to cocky.
Personally, I will consider season a success if Canes are out in 1st round in 6 games. Everything above that and passing first round will be above my expectations, and I will applaud this team if they can do that. Everything less than 6 games and I'll be just a bit dissapointed.
Forcing at least a 6 or 7 game series in the first round would be a great success for this team after where they were not even 3 months back.
We'll see who we draw before I go any further then that.
Now that we have the Devils as our draw I'm expecting at the very least a 6 game series. Realistically I think the Canes are going to the second round, and if Montreal can upset Boston (and they're one team that I think can do it) I fully expect the Eastern Conference Finals.
Eh, pretty much the same line of thing. This team was down and out no more than a month ago, so just legitimately making it (no sneaking in at the 7th/8th) is a big accomplishment.
I think my expectations will depend on which team shows up for Game 1. If the team we saw for the last month shows up, I want the 2nd round minimum. If we see the team we've seen for most of the season, forcing a game 6 is enough.
I will be "satisfied" with a close, first round exit. What I expect, however, is more.
This run, despite playing some non-quality opponents, has proven that this team has what it takes to compete with anyone. Why they decide to turn it on at the last moment I'll never know. We saw this last year and to lesser extent, the year before that. I expect that this team is capable of making at least to the semi's if not farther. The East is wide open any they are capable of running with any team. Whether they actually put forth the effort will be the deciding factor.
I will base this not on how I feel now versus 2 months ago.
I fully expected the team to make the playoffs this year as I did the past two. Losing out on the last day of the regular season did not change my opinion of the talent level on this team. Hence a first round quick exit could not live up to my preseason expectations.
If they lose in the first round -- it will be a dissapointment, regardless of who they play.
I would be satisified with a second round loss if it is to Boston or Pitt and we are fairly competitive.
Based on Wards Play since the break I expect this team to make it to the eastern conference finals - this is not being cocky, I have felt all season this team has had the right mix of talent, and is much better defensively than most people give them credit for - People hear Corvo or Pitkanen and htey have preconceieved notions rather than evaluate actual on ice defense they are playing.
That being said regardless of what happens I am already extremely proud of this team and the run the put up, that will not change.
To look back at where this team was just a few months ago, I consider it a success that we're even headed to the playoffs. I think almost everyone here was prepared to kickstart the rebuild at the trade deadline and look to the future, I know that was what I wanted. Now, we're headed to the postseason and we're headed to the postseason rather comfortably. I NEVER could've expected this type of turnaround, but I don't see any reason why it shouldn't carry over into the playoffs. Especially if we're able to get Cullen back into the line-up.
I expect them to play hard and be beaten by the first team that matches, not exceeds, their desire to win. I only want to see the team exit knowing that they didn't get out worked. That is my sole judgment regarding the playoffs. I don't think that can be measured in games played.
If every player comes out and works hard and smart, that's enough for me. Then let the playoffs unfold a game at a time and I will relish each one as it comes and replay the highlights all summer. (what's left of it when they're through)
The 2002 Canes made the playoffs with the fewest number of wins East or West (35), and in the East only Montreal had fewer points (87 vs. 91), but fought their way to the Cup Finals and losing only 2 games per series up to that. I expect this team to manage a way to make it at least that far.
Last edited by NorthStar4Canes: 04-14-2009 at 01:03 PM.