Buyers or Sellers Will We Be?
It has been my view that the Isles have to have 70 points at the Olympic break to be in good position for a playoff run. Not getting points out of tonight's game and the Pittsburgh contest hurt, but it is still doable.
These next four are the key. The Caps are always going to be tough, but we have played well against them. The Canes and the Cats less Nathan Horton are both beatable teams. Philly will be the tough nut of the four, but we will need to be able to beat them if we are going to make the playoffs anyway.
If we get those eight points, we are halfway there. If we win the remaining game against the Canes, beat the Preds, take one of the two games against the Bolts, and beat either the Sens or the Pens, we are there.
Getting Andy Sutton back should help as should continued solid goaltending from Dwayne Roloson and Rick DiPietro. What we really need, though, is for John Tavares to start lighting the lamp again. It should be interesting.