Interesting preview by @chrisbottanhl on the Isles' offense. Chris had 4 scouts comment and their combined estimate is that the Isles forwards will score 230 goals this season. (Chris' own estimate is 237).
To put that in perspective, if you throw a pedestrian 25 in for the defense and make it 255/262:
Last season, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup after a 246 goal regular season; the Canucks lost in the finals after scoring 262. Of the East teams that missed the playoffs, Carolina scored the most goals (236).
In 2009-10, the Hawks scored 271 in the regular season (and won the Cup) while the Flyers tallied 236. No East team that missed the playoffs scored more than Atlanta's 234 (RIP).
The last Eastern Conference team to score over 255 goals and miss the playoffs was Atlanta (257) in 2008-09..and technically they only scored 250 --they were credited with 7 "goals" for for shootout winners.
You have to go back to 2005-06 to find an Eastern Conference team that scored that often and missed the playoffs -- the Thrashers had 281 that season (276 + 5 in shootouts).
Now the Isles just need to keep the puck out of their own net.
Chris' original piece is here:
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