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Hello, everybody, this is Adam Gretz at Yardbarker. We are checking in today to talk about some potential Stanley Cup playoff teams that still have some big questions they need to address during the stretch run of the regular season.
I want to start off with the New York Islanders, a team that is pretty quickly becoming a little bit of a disappointment this season.
There were such high expectations for them to start. They had a great start to the year. They went on a 15-game point streak between October and November.
But ever since then they have cooled off considerably.
Their biggest question mark right now, not enough offense. They have one of the worst offensive teams in the league, especially among potential playoff teams. It is really holding them back.
They just simply do not score enough goals to take that next step of being a Stanley Cup contender.
They're also not getting the same level of goaltending they got a year ago to help drive their success. You put those two things together, you get a team that becomes pretty ordinary pretty fast.
I'm not sure where they're going to get more offense from what this roster is as currently constructed. But that is probably the biggest thing that is going to hold them back.
Sticking in the Metropolitan Division for a little bit here, the Pittsburgh Penguins are another team that has a little bit of a question mark right now. Theirs is goaltending.
They've been using a rotation of Tristan Jarry and Matt Murray in net for a couple of months now. Neither player has really taken a big step toward solidifying that position, taking that job.
It's not gonna be enough to keep the Penguins out of the playoffs. They're still going to make it, but once they get there, there's some uncertainty on who their goalie is going to be and whether or not they can get the job done.
Both players have the potential to do it. Matt Murray is a two-time Stanley Cup champion in net. Tristan Jarry has shown great promise. But neither player right now is playing at that level.
This is a bad time of year for your goaltender to be struggling.
They're the big X-factor for any team. A great one can turn an average team into a contender. A below-average one will take contender, make it a pretty disappointing team.
That's gonna be the big question for the Penguins: whether or not one of those two guys could take that job and run with it.
Next, we have the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that always seems to have some questions.
Theirs is still the same as it's always been: whether or not they can stop enough people.
They have all-star players up front. They score goals with anybody. They just have a hard time playing in their own end.
They're also not getting consistent goaltending this season, and that has helped drive a lot of their inconsistencies this season where they just can't seem to string anything together.
If they cannot get that figured out fast, it is going to be another very short spring in Toronto, and that will not make anybody happy.
Those are teams that still have some big questions to answer before the playoffs begin.
My name is Adam Gretz, and you can find my stuff over at Yardbarker. We'll talk to you soon.
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