After riding a three game win streak, they had two tough home games this weekend (NJ on Friday and Philly on Sunday). I was figuring that they would need to win at least one of those games. So what happened? An embarrassment on Friday in which they were beaten 5-0. WAY too many turnovers. It was shocking. I can normally sit through most games but I just had to turn it off and peek in periodically because it was so ridiculous. Halpern summed it up best after the game and just said basically that every aspect of the game sucked.
Then last night, an okay performance but for the second game in a row, we were blanked. Had good chances but not enough.
The thing is I just don't see much from this team. Even if we get to the playoffs, they have not shown enough resiliency or toughness or consistency to make me believe they would do much.
Frankly, we are dangerously close to falling into fourth place in the division as the streaking Lightning are only one point behind us. With the Panthers winning yesterday and opening a 5 point lead for the division, that seems impossible to catch given our play. The thing is we are still only one point out of the 8 seed but it really is hard to think of playoffs right now.
Two critical divisional games this week (Carolina on Tuesday and TB on Thursday). Will be interesting to see if we can muster wins against these teams. If we lose both, we will be getting close to packing in the season. Hopefully the Caps will make me eat my words.