After last night's loss to Philadelphia, I was thinking how many times we have been totally blown out of the water.
We have played 18 games, won 9, lost 9 (if you count overtime loss as just a loss). Of those 9 losses, 6 of them (Toronto, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Boston, Vancouver, Philadelphia) have been by 3 or more goals, and 4 of those have been by 4 goals (Toronto, Boston, Vancouver, Philadelphia). That is just astounding, we get blown out every third game. Two of them were one goal regulation losses (Montreal and Buffalo) and one overtime loss to Washington.
Of our 9 wins, 3 of them have been by 1 goal (Carolina, Toronto, Montreal), another 3 by 2 goals (Buffalo, Florida, Boston) and another 3 by 3 goals (Phoenix, Islanders and Atlanta). However, I would point out that Toronto and Montreal wins only became 1 goal games at the end, and the Florida game was 5-1 at one point.
We haven't played too many close games (only 2 games have been tied after two periods and we lost both). Contrast this with last year where we had an incredible record when tied after 2 periods, 13-2-4. Another indicator of our lack of close games is that only 1 out of 18 games has gone to overtime.
As a summary, we are 3-2-1 in 1-goal games, 3-0 in 2-goal games, and 3-6 in 3+ goal games. So half our games are blowouts. Last year we were 20-5-6 in 1-goal games, 14-5 in 2-goal games and 10-22 in 3+ goal games. This can be taken two ways, we are either really good (at least until we have a big lead) or really bad. My concern is that we are not finding ways to win toss-up games. These are games where we weren't the better team or the worse team, but manage to get a big goal at the right moment.