Originally Posted by moremilk
in 06/07 we also went 7-1 and made the playoffs despite predictions that were placing us around 27-30 wins.
I think there's a good correlation and not just random chance. To go 7-1 it shows a team that has good depth.
that being said, our schedule was very easy, with mostly home games against bad teams, and the only strong road game was against a team playing without their starters.
I still think we're underrated - all of our top players have the potential to play beyond the general expectations, based on the evaluations I've seen lately. If they do so, we'll make the playoffs or come really close.
How much of the schedule are you taking into account with that statement? The 2006/2007 squad had a couple of really rough patches during the first 35 or so games. I remember the TV guys, like Chuck and Leo constantly going on about it being huge if the team could just stay within 5 games of .500 by the mid-point, because then they'd have a chance to rack up some wins in the second half and make a push at the playoffs. And, of course, they turned out to be right, because the team went on a tear in the second half and won the Atlantic.
Edit - I checked. That 2006/2007 team played 18 of its first 28 games on the road. That's a pretty tough sched, regardless of whether or not some of the teams were easy (and some were tough).