posted at 3/1/2013 10:10 AM EST
In response to TheGuyWithDaThing's comment:
Bruins 2008-2009 = Peaked way too soon and exited in the 2nd round
Bruins 2011-2012 = Peaked way too soon and exited in the 1st round
The 2010-2011 Bruins never really peaked or go too low....they had a solid 6-0 road trip where they played well, but didn't dominate from what I recall, and that's the closest they got to peaking in the regular season.
Teams generally capture their best chemistry just once in a season. And while the 13-2-2 record would suggest that they've peaked....I don't think anyone feels that they have. They've just played solid, consistent hockey, and have a goalie playing really well right now, giving them a chance to win in all but 1 game (which the skaters left him hanging out to dry).
I like the B's chances this year.
posted at 3/1/2013 10:43 AM EST
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
Crawford has really impressed me allot this year. I don't know who Chicago's goalie coach is or even if they have one but something has changed. I know a goalies stats can look real good on a puck possesion team like the Hawks (See Niemi 2010) but 1.65 GAA and a .933 SV% is damn good, so Corey gets some credit.
To Hangs point though- How many times has San Jose looked like they were the team to beat during the regular season over, say, the last 5 years ?
and also lest see if Chiacgo can go through a rash of injuries like other teams have already...
CRAWFORD injured. Had to leave game last night.
posted at 3/1/2013 11:07 AM EST
In response to BsLegion's comment:
Kind of tainted when you only play your Conferences.
Are they really the best NHL team ? Which Conference is stronger ? Just cannot answer these questions this season since teams only get to play against their own Conference .
This is exactly it. I am sure at least a couple of Eastern teams would have likely beaten them by now. Not every team in the East is CBJ, CGY, EDM, or COL.....
posted at 3/1/2013 11:40 AM EST
Rowdy Ray Emery part of this too. I remember seeing Crawford shelled in an Icehogs game a few years ago.