Re: No 2011 Cup
posted at 3/1/2011 9:14 AM EST
In Response to Re: No 2011 Cup
[QUOTE]Thanks TTBI. I still think you over-rate the Lightning. Vinny isn't the Vinny of 2004, so behind that dynamic duo of Stamkos and St. Louis, they're really thin. Philly is very similar to the Bruins except their forwards grade out a little higher than the Bruins's (something that would change rapidly if Horton and Lucic continue to find their early season form), but Boston has better goaltending. As for Van, Det, and SJ - if they had to win 12 of 21 against those three to hoist a Cup, I might be nervous. But they don't. They'll only play one of them, best of seven for the marbles, and that after a long road where that Western team will probably have had to go through one or two of those other Western teams. If Vancouver has to play Chicago, I don't think they get out of round 1.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
The big upsets are usually all in round 1, and I'm not really basing my psychological well-being on how far they go, post season.
I like the recent moves. I think the team has good overall balance. I like the fact that this team has the league's best, team defense, arguably the leagues hottest goalie. I like the fact that only 4 other teams in the entire league have done better offensively, and I like the fact that this record has been compiled over the peaks and valley's of 5 months, not 5 games.
There are 16 teams going to the playoffs. Absolute worst case....the B's would have to be considered top 5 on any reasonable hockey critics list.
That puts them solidly in the cup hunt...but playoff hockey is fickle. Inuries happen, one team can spike, their opponent can falter....just long enough to cause an upset....and then it's over.
Ive been a Bruin fan for over 44 years. This years version, has provided more "mindless entertainment" than many.
I'm happy about that, and see no reason whatsover....especially right now....to "expect" an early ouster.