By StepheBruce Boudreau does not believe in NHL’s Thanksgiving Day rules.
For a long time, which teams occupy the postseason seats in the annual holiday in the United States, this has always been a powerful indicator of who has entered and missed the playoffs. The most recent 82 seasons have broken this theory, and some high-profile injuries and the absence of the COVID-19 agreement make this year less important.
Boudreau said: “It seems that there are too many injuries every day, and with the emergence of COVID and everything else, the deadline seems a bit too early, I think.” “But you asked the wrong person. I have always believed that you can make the playoffs.”
In the 2015-16 season, Budlow coached the Anaheim Ducks to win the Pacific Division championship after falling 4 points in the Thanksgiving playoffs. He also took over the Washington Capitals when he entered the league for the last time on Thanksgiving Day in 2007, and won the Jack Adams Coach of the Year award for guiding them to the Southeast Division championship.
Is there a team that can achieve a similar game from worst to first this season? Perhaps the last New York Islander in the Metropolitan Division-considering they started with 13 road trips without captain Anders Lee, forwards Josh Bailey, Kiefer Bellows and Rose Johnson As well as defensive players Adam Pellech and Andy Green (all COVID -19 agreements) and defensive player Ryan Pulock (Ryan Pulock) because of injuries.
The Islanders lost 10 of the first 15 games.
“Obviously, this is not what we envisioned this season because of our record and the things that have been thrown at us recently,” said veteran Matt Martin. “I won’t say that there is a sense of panic. But there must be a sense of urgency. We know that we are a good ice hockey club.”
Referaro is more worried about the Islanders than the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins also lost 10 of the first 15 games without center Yevgeny Markin and increased their winning streak. Before the opportunity, he missed captain Sid Nick Rossby for a long time. The former ESPN analyst who switched careers believes that losing Jordan Eberle to the Seattle expansion draft and Nick Leddy’s salary cap savings deal in the offseason has weakened New York. depth.
Nevertheless, Ferraro admitted, “Islanders, yes, they still have a lot of way to go.”
The upcoming games against divisional rivals New York Rangers, Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers provide the Islanders with a chance to make or break the season.
“I have to believe that the islanders are better than their record performances,” Budlow said. “That team can easily win seven consecutive victories in a year and then come back right away.”
If the Islanders in the East or Boston or Colorado in the West are to enter the playoffs, someone must be shaken. Maybe it’s the young rangers or blue jackets in the east, or Anaheim or Nashville in the west.
“Anaheim has obviously taken a big step in the first 20 games and it will be difficult,” Ferraro said. “Terry won’t score every game, although it looks like he will definitely score. They will need an offense beyond the top line, will they get it?”
In the past two NHLs, there have been 82 games. Thanksgiving, 12 teams in the playoffs actually entered the playoffs in the 2018-19 and 2017-18 seasons, including the Vegas Golden Cavaliers in their The first season. Expanding the Seattle Kraken requires a Budlow-style leap from 10 points to do the same thing.
Considering all the uncertainties and additional variables during the February Olympic off-season, this is unlikely, but not impossible.
“I think there is unpredictability this season,” Ferraro said. “I think there may be some drastic fluctuations in the team, this year even more so than in the past.”