I'm not suggesting that they'll flip a switch. I'm suggesting that, in previous years, they've crashed and banged their way to the top in regular season. They've put it all out there prior to getting there (to the playoffs). The comeback kids, who battled till the end in some games in order to win. Then the playoffs, and they go in depleted, already exhausted, beat up, etc. This year there's some sense that they're coasting. That they're not firing on all cylinders (I tend to agree). So maybe by the time they do wake up, it'll be just in time? Not that they say "ok, let's go now" but that it just sort of happens that way. They've always been slow starters, so maybe by the playoffs they'll be clicking again. That's my suggestion.
I believe they have lost the belief in their system and know they don't have the pieces to go all the way. IF they don't believe 100% that the system they are playing and that the players playing it can be successful, they will never achieve to their potential.
They played hard and gave it everything they had in the SCF run and at the end of the day, got hammered. Even getting to the finals required luck that could easily have gone against them.
SInce then, AV preaches the exact same phylosophy of how to approach the game, how to play with a lead etc etc. . The players know it failied in the past and that GIllis has failed to address the top 6 defficiencies, bottom 4 inconsistency and top shut down D man that they all know they need.
Being asked to do the same thing with the same tools in the same manner after faliure is demoralizing and would certainly explain the product on the ice since theSCF appearance. THey play like a team that doesn't believe in themselves.
Edited by DIBdaQUIB, 08 March 2013 - 02:12 PM.