That is semantical nonsense. We're "caliber" this and "caliber" that. Blah blah blah blah. We are what our record says we are. NOT a playoff team.
If you keep losing 1 goal games, you are not worthy of being a playoff team.
Totally disagree. To just say flat out that we're not a playoff team because of our record is to throw out a lot of variables. For one, we're straddling 3rd place on a daily basis. And that's not even taking into account our level of play, which has been pretty high for a few months now, save 3 or 4 games (Detroit home, Chicago away, Philadelphia home).
Like ThreeCups is saying, outside of those 3 or so games, I can't think of one game that we were really shut down or completely out of as we ended the third period. So many tight ones over the past few months, so many games we dominated and probably deserved the win (like our Montreal games, best example), but hit posts or crossbars. Sure, you can argue that inability to push to the next level and win some of those makes us a "bad team", but I think that's bullsh!t, and oversimplifying.
One little run, like the Flyers are on right now, will be enough to land us in the playoffs. I don't see one team in the pack of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th place that's played as consistently "well" game-in and game-out as the Devils. When the dust settles, I think the Flyers will even out. And as far as the Rangers are concerned, they have a lot to worry about; it's like the flip of a coin whether they win 2-1SO or lose 5-1 each night. I think the Blue Jackets will be the ones to worry about, they have the depth in my opinion to keep up a decent record down the stretch and fight for a playoff spot. Devils are only a few small moments away, tight lucky (currently unlucky) instances from getting some ROWs and not losing in SOs...
Edited by DJ Eco, 02 January 2014 - 09:44 AM.