Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:23 AM
MB, the problem is that there's no such thing as "should beats" for this team...everytime you mention "should beats" re: the Devils, you're giving them more credit than they've earned. It's been proven time and time again this year that there's no true cakewalks for this year's Devils. You posted your 10/10/10 point% split, and that illustrated the point perfectly (though that's not why you posted them). Their combined point% against the bottom 10 was about .550%. If they were cleaning up against bottom 10s to the tune of .650+ to this point, though it wouldn't be a guarantee of anything, I'd feel a little better about their chances.
BTW, the Devils themselves ARE a bottom 10 team...currently 21st in points.
But it all goes back to the same thing, and I posted it in response to your 10/10/10 post...what we've learned about the 2013-14 Devils through 72 games is that it almost feels random as to when they'll win and who they'll beat...they're not particularly great or awful against any particular class of team (though they definitely don't match up well against some). CD#9 is probably right...this team likely goes about .550-.650 in point% the rest of the way, which means a season total of about 86-88 points. The home ice hasn't helped them either (I was hoping it would)...Devils have to win Tuesday just to go 3-2 on this stand.
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