No doubt the RW's O is playing well. We are healthy and playing mostly at home vs. weak teams. Keep piling up the points while we can. We all know this will turn later on. We have a 7 out of 9 road game stretch coming up soon. can we play .500 or better on the road? If we do we will have a nice points total at the end of the year-baring major injuries of course.
Mantha is doing just fine. He is just ending his pre-season games as we speak. Everyone else he is playing against is 20 games into their seasons and their pre-seasons. he is just getting into game shape. Its not like he is performing poorly either. Just not great yet. That will come. He is taking his shoots, making good passes if Kaser is to be trusted at all, using his size. Just what we need.
Contend for the playoffs? Yes. Contend for the Cup? No. That of course means nothing in November. Injuries, trades made and not made, what other teams do will all come into play. We do have the benefit of being in the east which is weaker overall. Fewer dominate teams. But the Isles are much better, the Caps are better, but the Flyers are worse. So it should be a fun ride to the finish.