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Why you shouldn’t expect the same from a new season.

  • In the late days of August its rather easy to get caught up in the game of speculation about the 2011-12 NHL season. With almost no real news surrounding the Habs over the past few weeks, the fanbase has had to get by on news reports ranging from Michael Cammalleri’s summer diet to Mathieu Darche’s impression of Alexi Yemelin’s hallway soccer skills. While it is intriguing to find out that Lars Eller has beefed up to 200 pounds while rehabbing his shoulder – there is very little that we can focus on to pass the time until the pre-season.

    And so we speculate. If only Gomez could snap out of it. If Cole can be the guy from Carolina and not Edmonton. If Carey can continue to dominate. If only PK could learn to do things “the white.. uh I mean right way..”.

    The problem with speculation, and the prognosticators who use past stats and an un-ending supply of BS to formulate predictions is that once the games are played, their hot air is meaningless. The reality is this:

    Last year was last year. Just because Carey Price played well last season does not necessitate he will again this season. Just because Scott Gomez struggled for almost the entire season last year does not mean that he cannot find more success this season. There is a reason they play the games.

    So while the HockeyNews suggests that we may be fighting for a playoff spot next spring, I will kindly remind everyone that absolutely no one has any clue of the type of season that sits ahead of players like: Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller, Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov and so on.

    My prediction: I will gladly look back at the end of the season and laugh at the so called experts who think they have any idea whatsoever of who would be good or bad in 2011-12.

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    August 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Hockey New’s opinions about us having to fight for a playoff positions. So what else is new, we have had to fight for a play off position every year except for the year we won the division. I exect that nothing has changed. Seldom one any more than one to two teams run away from the rest in our conference. Washington, Pittsburg but lets face it many teams have improved on paper, including us. The one thing we all agree that we still need is some physical presence up front as well as back on defence. One to two guys added to our team could make a real difference on where and how we finish in our conference and division. I expect Boston to struggle this year especially in the first half. They will get hungry as the season moves closer to the end but I do not expect them to finish first. That leaves our division wide open for us, Buffalo, Boston to baattle for first place. Buffalo could be tougher with their additions on defence. Although Toronto and Ottawa have improved as well you can only go so far on hustle and work ethic, so I do not expect them to make the playoffs. So it will come down to how our team progresses as well as out injuried players coming back can find their form. Markov, Pacioretti, Gorges and Eller will have to find their stride early. Cole will have to supply us with that added dimention and of course Price will have to even play better than last year if that is possible.

    My prediction if I should be so bold is 4th or 5th, but I do expect s to make the playoffs. We have a better team than last year on paper, but only time will tell.

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