Re: THE HOCKEY NEWS PREDICTIONS FOR 2010-11
posted at 8/30/2010 8:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: THE HOCKEY NEWS PREDICTIONS FOR 2010-11
[QUOTE]Thanks Duinne, I have been to Sweden so many times and to Finland as well. The passive culture is very evident once you get off of the jet. I can totally agree with Rask and how he wants to escape the negative aspects of the "epic"? loss. Me thinks he will rebound to win significant number of games, Thomas will also be up to form and the tandem will be formidable considering the goaltending tandems in the rest of the conference, bar Buffalo. The nature of the comment "doubted themselves and started expecting the worst to happen, and it did" makes the me think the same would be true if Krejci was not hurt. One player does not make a team nor does the loss of one player mean success. All is forgiven if the Bs can be healthy and use the past experience to play and execute when it is necessary, ie. the playoffs. Coaching is key in keeping tempo in proper perspective during the season.
Posted by islamorada[/QUOTE]
I definitely agree that the loss of one
player isn't that much of a factor. The problem was, of course, was that Krejci was simply the final, cumulative blow. If Marc Savard and Mark Stuart and Vladimir Sobotka and Andrew Ference had been perfectly healthy, if Sturm and Seidenberg had been able to play, Krejci's injury would not have been as much of a factor. Krejci was simply the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
Would the pairing of Seidenberg and Chara been more effective against the Flyers forwards than Chara and an NHL rookie (Boychuk)? Would the defense have been better without McQuaid skating significant minutes, and instead a healthy Stuart? Would Satan have continued to score with Krejci as his centerman, rather than a half-there Savard's? Would the forecheckers have been more effective against Philly if Sobotka wasn't playing with a bum shoulder?
Even so, they were hanging tough against the Flyers; they could very easily have won games four or six or even seven (game five was a washout), given one fewer hit post or bad bounce. Could Krejci have made a difference in three one-goal games
, one of which went to OT? I think so.
Anyway, it's water under the bridge, and something, as Rask said, to be used as an object lesson. When the playoffs began, I had no expectations: My main hope was that Rask would get the experience he needed for next year. Looks like he's taken the lessons to heart.