Well, now they've got to win 3 in a row to get back on that 2-out-of-3 pace. Not completely giving up yet, but 10-3-1 the rest of the way to get to 92 seems like it's too much to ask of this group.
In past seasons, I have been the guy calling for optimism. However, we have to be rational here. We can't expect a team that has won 43% of its games this year to finish the season by winning 71% of its games. First off, our longest winning streak of the season is 3 games, which we managed to pull off once (though the streak was against the Pens, Ducks, and Kings) and we are talking November here.
Our best stretch of play this year went from Oct. 26 to Nov. 21 in which we won 8/12 or 66.7% of our games (though it should be mentioned that we won 6 of 8 inside this stretch).
Our last winning streak of 3 games or more came from Feb. 3 to Feb 10 of last year (5 games). We had one other 3 game winning streak that season.
It's funny, Lou always seems to say he likes his teams publicly, but I think if someone handed him a detonator and said "Use this to blow up your team and start over", I think he'd do it in a heartbeat. He'd sift through the resulting rubble and keep some key guys for sure, but I think there's a good chunk of players he'd love to wash his hands of.
Yes, because what's better than a one-legged Anton Volchenkov trying to block shots?
Maybe maybe not. Gelinas and Merrill will be a year better, Larsson will be a massive upgrade on defense and the lineup up front is much much faster with Boucher, Sislo and Matteau. If Schneider plays 60 games next season NJ will have to be pretty bad to not be in the race.
With Schneider's record this year, if he had played 60 games at this pace we'd be far from the playoffs. Not saying he isn't the guy, but that I don't really see what you're going on here in saying that this would all but guarantee us a playoff spot.
Edited by Neb00rs, 16 March 2014 - 04:50 PM.