You generally can't rely on just being really good at special teams and expect to be a contender: you have to be good 5 v 5. Bad night on the power play so they lose to a trash team. There are tons of positives for this season but bemoaning MacDermid getting minutes and/or hoping Blake adds for a playoff push is a case of getting excited too early and being impatient. Even if they made the playoffs, they would get waxed once the whistles get put away more than they are in the regular season. The COVID scheduling and shortened season make it hard to really gauge what's going on when looking at W/L record as a whole. We've also seen the 2018 season so to expect 11/23/8 to keep up this level of production is definitely wishful thinking: especially in the case of 23 and 11. I'm very pleased with what I'm seeing on the ice as it is really nice progress from where this franchise was when it bottomed out two seasons ago. I feel like I'm watching a team that won't surprise me if they get waxed by any team in the league but also won't surprise me if they beat any team. That's a big step from where they were, in my opinion...it just doesn't mean they are a playoff caliber team.