Re: Sign Up Here For The "I Knew They Really Stunk" Thread
posted at 3/27/2012 9:07 AM EDT
What? Red Sox? They don't play hockey. And your reference to them kind of explains things. You can't compare the NHL and MLB at all. You might want consistency in your professional sports, but you aren't going to get it in hockey. Hockey is physical, like football, but unlike football games are played every second night. The result is physical and mental fatigue, and slumps. There is not one team in the league that hasn't had a slump.
More specific to this situation, is that for the Bruins to miss the playoffs 3 teams would have had to catch them. This would take a dreadful finish for the Bruins and an outstanding one by all 3 teams. It would have been possible (and still is), though unlikely for one team, like the Senators, to catch the Bruins. But it was next to impossible for all 3. This is due to 3 point games and teams playing each other, and just the nature of hockey. This is a reality of the NHL. And even if the Bruins kept up their poor pace from February, they still would have netted at least 6 more wins, giving them 46 and too many points for the teams to catch them even if they played perfect hockey.
You talk about the Bruins having a couple great months and being lousy the rest of the time. That's not true. The 3-7 October was pretty lousy. After that they went nearly undefeated for November and December, but also 8-4-1 in January. You do realize that 8-4 is a .666 win percentage, right? That's usually what 1st place teams put up. Going 5-7-1 in Feb is weak, but not ridiculously bad. Now they are back playing .500 in March despite a brutal schedule and injuries. If you compare their record and ups and downs to other good teams, it's pretty similar.
Where things become very different is when you look deeper into results. Every team in the NHL has ups and downs due to the physical demands of the sport which means that all of the good teams are within a few wins of each other at this point in the season (eg 1st place Rangers have 3 more wins than Boston). However, when you look at offence and defence you can separate things more. The Bruins are elite in both categories, and when you combine the two they are first, with Pittsburgh just behind. This is similar to last year when the Bruins were neck and neck with Vancouver. With Crosby in the lineup the Penguins pose a real threat to Boston's chances to repeat, and St Louis and Detroit are outstanding teams. But your feelings that Boston was on the brink of falling from the playoffs or that it is a poor team that had a couple good months are not grounded in reality or in understanding of the workings of the NHL or the game of hockey.
In Response to Re: Sign Up Here For The "I Knew They Really Stunk" Thread
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Sign Up Here For The "I Knew They Really Stunk" Thread : At the time they were no longer first in the NE and what? 5 pts out of the playoffs? on average it takes 95 pts to make the playoffs. They had 83. My guess is that you also thought the red sox would make the playoffs last year as well? I'm a firm believer in consistancy in professional sports play. Like the red sox last year, the bruins this year have not been consistant enough for me. two months of a red hot hockey team doesnt make up for 4 months of below average and this little 4/5 winning streak they have going hasnt got me convinced. 2 of the 4 wins they were terrible in and got lucky that LA couldnt put a puck in the back of the net if thier lives counted on it and Anahiem has packed it in. The first 2 wins vs philly and toronto the bruins were the better team. Not on the west coast though, all 3 games were very bad IMO. I have said this before, in the last 30 years of NHL hockey name me the team where they won as a suprise that wasnt named montreal canadiens of 85 and 93. The rest of the teams who won since say the mid 70's were not suprises. I would consider this bruins team a suprise, with thier inconsistant play, if they won it. Someone said Carolina in 2006, but they had 112pts that season. So was no real suprise. Dont get me wrong, I want to be suprised and I'll be as mad as anyone if they bow out early, as i think they will.
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