Sens Continue To Surprise
I don’t try to be pessimistic. I try to be pragmatic. I am a huge fan of this team, but I do my best to maintain a reasonable outlook regarding this teams prospects.
But this team makes being anything; pessimistic, optimistic or pragmatic, a fool’s errand.
This team frequently leaves its opponents as confused as its fans…albeit far less impressed.
If anyone was asked to watch that game, but the play went black for every shot on net, the was asked to determine who won…nobody would say the Sens.
But they did, by a handsome margin of 2 goals.
Next, if you were to examine the stats, all but the win/loss/points column, and it would be near impossible to suggest they would rank in the top 8, let alone 6.
But they are, with a healthy cushion vis-a-vis within the top eight.
The only explanation is efficiency. This team is highly efficient, able to secure wins with-out posting the usual numbers, without needing to rely upon the officials. No, this team is not elite, they do not dominate their opposition, but they do beat them, regularly, and at the end of the day, as far as the regular season goes, one is as good as the other.
The question is, when you play in so many close games, when is the other side of the coin going to start turning up? Because the law of averages says it will.
So I say good for you boys, you deserve everything you get, because you earn it, but if you really want to take the next step (and maybe they’re not there yet, to be fair) you will start to win games from the drop of the puck, not the start of the third.
But, my track record in providing predictions about this teams performance is about as good as this teams first periods…so what do I know?
I know that the Sens are in 6th in the east (P%), and that’s a pleasant surprise, pragmatic or not.
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