personally I like the idea of a matchup against PHI/PIT in the 1st round of PO.
why not? if we'll lose - BB will be fired, new system will be implemented, roster will be updated.
if we will win - well, it will be 1) cool 2) confidence building 3) one big opponent less left in the east.
anyway I see PHI/PIT as a good team to keep players motivated from the start of every period in the series. effort + hot Varly = win?
I'm with you, actually. These are the teams that the Caps are implicitly measured against. Just get it over with.
... unrelated note.. regarding some earlier discussion on Knuble. I think again people tend to mistake opinions on tactics with hate. I have nothing but respect for Knuble, just think he's ill-suited/too slow to be a 1st liner on this team with 8 and 19. Same way I think Laich is a solid guy, but see him as a very good 3rd line player with a very limited offensive skillset. Or, I marvel at Semin's incredible talent, but recognize that the Caps might be better off trading him and his inconsistency (if they can get a decent return). Green, etc.. People throw around the word "hate" far too easily.
our PP guys need to realize Ovi is in passing mode this year. I cant ever remember him passing so much. Let him QB the PP. Not always be the one dimensional blaster from the point. Dont move him. Its more for the others to figure out, not him.