Re: Get some leather
posted at 10/28/2011 11:36 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Get some leather
Yup, I agree. The hangover, team malaise, lethargic play, and whatever will subside with great rebounds of wins. I can handle that scenario. The half full reply, the team is playing like last year. Many like to point out the road trip circa February 2011 as the turning point in the season when the Bs rattled off 6 victories, what is lost in the sequence of thinking is the Bs then lost three at home. Then returned to the "shootout" regular season which has become accepted in the NHL, stay close win more than you lose. The Bs have started the season in the same fashion, no need to worry is appropriate but how much margin of error is there if the team continues to lose and not at least win "shootouts"? So, I temper my negativity with positive thoughts, I then temper my positive thoughts with reality. The short of the subject is the standings one through eight are pretty much determined by December each year.
Posted by islamorada
I'm kinda like you. We're not at a critical juncture, but it is serious.
Panic is an emotion that shouldn't apply to pro sport. Blindness aint great either.
Perhaps my greatest concern is the Bruins schedule from mid Feb on out.
Almost every other day. A playoff type grind. A lot of back to back games. Injuries are more prevalent with that schedule.
These are the easy ones, and I'm getting uncomfortable. There's a price to be paid for the gratuitous schedule handed the B's over the first 6 weeks of the season.
Maybe that's a good thing.
Don't think so though.
Over the next 11 games, these guys have to go on a tear. 20 games in, about 1/4 of the season provides a pretty good picture. An 8-1-2 record, gives em 24 points total. That's a wildly successful stretch, and we're still about on the bubble. Sure some teams at the top will falter, but the Bruins aren't the only buried team that will start finding more success.
The teams current woes, are nothing compared to those they overcame last spring, but it's important to remember that those hurdles have virtually never been overcome in the past...ever.
Time to get her goin. It's not sustainable to play playoff hockey for 5 or 6 months. A 5/6/0 record over the next 11 games will neccesitate that kind of focus to merely qualify.