Because why would they risk it now, in virtually meaningless games? All they had to do was get in the playoffs, they didn't have to crash in.
Not flip a switch....save the extra for when it's needed. I do believe they've learned something from the past when they've given it 110% PRIOR to the playoffs, only to acquire injuries and be depleted before the duration. I think the mentality is "just do what's necessary" then give it all you've got - when it counts.
Does that not make sense?
Only if they have been saving energy all season long because all those games prior to getting into the playooffs were meaningless too.
And I really hate to burst your bubble but they played like this last season down the stretch too. They did not put in maximum effort to win the President's Trophy. They lucked out the same kind of wins they are getting now. It is pretty much the exact same scenario.
This team has NEVER turned on a switch in the playoffs. I don't get why people think all of a sudden they will. It is simply wishful thinking not based on any historical evidence at all. You say that is not what you mean but it absolutely is exactly what you are suggesting will happen. That they will find another gear come playoff time. They haven't yet so there is no reason to think this year will be any different.
Edited by wallstreetamigo, 21 April 2013 - 04:21 PM.