Originally Posted by JM
I don't think it's fair at all. Do you think the worst team always comes last? Nah. Depends on schedule, what division you're in, who you play down the stretch, injuries, momentum etc. Teams TANK down the stretch. It happens. Not a lot this year since so many teams were in it for so long but in a regular 82 game season a lot of TANKING goes on. There really isn't that much of a difference between a lot of the non-playoffs teams as far as formidable puzzle pieces and skill level, some just want that top pick more than others.
Lets not forget that Florida was in the playoffs last year now they are the worst team in the league? Just doesn't add up. They got off to a bad start and they've been packing it in for a while now. Do you think they are lose there last 7 bad? I don't. They are trying to come last. Really don't think the NHL should continue to reward tanking.
Have you seen their line-up? They have been hampered with injuries all year, it doesn't surprise me one bit they are sitting dead last.
This was their line-up from when they played the Pens on the 13th:
Jonathan Huberdeau - Shawn Matthias - Jack Skille
Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky
Scottie Upshall - Nick Bjugstad - Greg Rallo
George Parros - Drew Shore - Quinton Howden
Brian Campbell - Mike Weaver
Filip Kuba - Erik Gudbranson
T.J. Brennan - Dmitry Kulikov