Playoff hockey is my favorite thing on this planet. I believe there is no truer grounds in which the determination, focus, and sheer willpower of a group can be tested. More simply put, there is nowhere to hide in the playoffs. If you have a weakness in your game, the other team is going to do everything they can to exploit it. Similarly, it is your job to find and maintain every advantage possible over your opponent. There is no detail to small to be overlooked in the playoffs because everything has the potential to matter, and matter a lot. Whether its the lack of focus on a face-off, a puck that should have been put deep in the opponents defensive zone, or a shot that needed to be a quarter inch to the right to avoid the post and hit the twine, every detail of the game is amplified. And I absolutely love it.
Our group has a lot going for us. Confidence and camaraderie are both sky high. Our goal scorers are scoring, our body bangers are banging bodies, and our goalies are keeping pucks out of the cage. More important than entering the playoffs in a high seed is peaking at the right time, and I feel that is what our group is doing. Since our return from Christmas break, our record is looking pretty good, and I know every one of the boys shares the mindset that the success has to, and will continue. Above all else, they boys are having fun with the game, and that, to me, is the most crucial aspect. The game was meant to be fun, and I believe it is the team that is having the most fun that will see the most success. Couple this with our "one-day-at-a-time" mentality, and we have a chance to achieve something as a unit.
It will be fun to be a part of and I hope it will be fun to watch for all of you out there in Blogland.
Roll Devils, bring on the Bengals.
Until next time,