Idoit40fans wrote: The U wrote:
MRandall25 wrote:You guys realize it's what they'll be starting the season with, not necessarily what they'll be ending with, right?
Yes...but they also felt as if this exact same group of D were good enough to win them a Cup last postseason. They went into the playoffs knowing Lovejoy and Engelland were going to have to play. They didnt add any Dmen at the deadline when it appeared obvious to everyone that they needed to.
The Penguins were on a 12 game winning streak going through the deadline. At the deadline, it was not obvious to everyone that they needed to add D-men. There were those of us that thought the defense was inadequate, but the team simply got cold at the wrong time going into the playoffs...also what some of us were predicting as the streak progressed. The team isn't good enough to win it all as currently constructed, but it wasn't "obvious to everyone" that they needed to add at the deadline last year.
It definitely wasnt obvious to everyone, its funny how the season progressed. Everyone points to the win streak as proof of something, but the win streak was in large part due to Fleury playing out of his mind. Fast forward we blame Fleury for the playoff loss. If that is the case it points to our overall defense as the issue.
My point is, it was pretty obvious throughout the year, even the win streak we would have a hard time in the playoffs. Like football, it was like teams had "ball control". The biggest turning point I saw was when teams decided to play less passive against us.
They realized to go quick break out and skate or long cross passes against us. We had no answers down the stretch even the games we won. In the playoffs it was magnified because we played the same team over and over again. They made constant adjustments to ours (like when we stopped the long break out pass they started chipping it out wide off the glass). Eventually Disco Dan ran out of answers and to me that points to talent and mostly why Philly would get stronger once the game progressed.
I agree I doubt these will be our pairings come April 15th, but I also am not sure how many defensive players are available at the deadline. With our chips (very young prospects) we are looking at trading with the 4 or 5 teams way out of the playoffs, and its going to have to be an impeding UFA or close. The Kings won as an 8th seed last year, the league is more even in a sense. The top 20 teams at the deadline are probably not going to be looking to dump, especially since most are going to want that playoff ticket money.