They're not a sure thing 100 point team. (Not that this means anything anymore anyway) They're also not a sure thing playoff team. I think people smoke up a whole bunch of happy crack in the offseason and think the team is just going to be incredibly awesome... just because. It happens with every team.
They lost an ambush game after they got totally worked the night before. Big surprise. It doesn't look that awful on paper.
almost no one is a sure thing playoff team anymore. that's the thing to take away from all of this. you shoot 6% at even strength for half a season (or get .900 SV% goaltending) and unless your PP or PK is really crushing it, you're going to be on the playoff bubble. we've seen it happen to pittsburgh, boston, detroit, chicago, washington, san jose, and philadelphia over the last 3 years, and those (along with vancouver, who i don't think it's happened to) have been pretty much the best teams in the NHL. some of those teams pulled it together at the halfway mark and ended up winning their division or coming close, and some of those teams shambled all the way into the postseason.
who are the weak teams in the league? who's going to win less than 30 games this year? someone will surely, but there won't be many teams who do.
Edited by Triumph, 23 October 2011 - 12:16 AM.