Here's a suggestion for keeping individual games in perspective -- a problem right now for Caps fans eager to repeat last year's glory.
Let's say 100 points is the goal (the Caps got into the playoffs with 94 last season; five teams had 100+).
It's an 82-game season.
So, split the season into eight-game blocks. (Why eight? Well, Ovie is 8, for one thing; hence, The Rule of Eights.)
To reach 100 points, you need 10 points every 8 games.
Now let's look at the Caps' first eight games. They've got four points in three games, so they need six points in the remaining five games of this eight-game block. That means going 3-2 (not allowing for overtime points). A loss tonight (and the Caps should feel free to win this one, by all means!) just means doing a little better in the next four games to stay on track.
Didn't Boudreau do something like this with his young Caps last year? Might be a good thing for Caps fans, who seem to wildly swing between "the Caps are one of the NHL's elite" to "we need to gut the roster" with every loss.
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