With few exceptions a team must score more goals than it allows over the course of a season to make the play-offs. The last time we qualified for the post-season was 2006-07 when we were 247gf/240ga. In rare instances negative numbers get teams into the play-offs but that is usually caused by very one sided wins or loses during the season.
Most would agree that we have enough scoring punch to succeed but we must dramatically improve our defense.
The question is how do we accomplish this?
1) At goal,2) at defense, 3) better two way play by our forwards
Lets examine these points - I believe the heart of the D is at the goal poition, therefore my first priority is there. If the Montoya/DP/Poulin combo comes up short early in the season, than I hope that Snow goes shopping for first rate veteran help. 2) A big top 4 D would be my second choice, and 3) a tough Laich or Ward type forward could cut down on the very high minus numbers of our star forwards. [ although some will argue that these players are on ice during empty net time.] and therefore these figures are not realistic.
How would you propose that we get this imbalance corrected? If we don't very simply said, we don't make the play-offs.