That 10% for any team can mean the difference of not making the playoffs or making the playoffs by a point or more. A s***ty start to a season can be difficult to overcome for anyone. Eight games is 16 points, so lets say the 07 Avs won at least 2 of those eight games which would put them at 99 points for that season which would mean playoffs. Hell just one would of done it.
10% of a season isn't that significant. In 2008, we lost 10 out of 11 games which included a 6 game losing streak. If I remember correctly, that season ended pretty good for us.
To say one game or even 10% of the season is not significant is absurd. Especially in the start every point earned makes it that much more important coming down the stretch. Giving coaches the ability to rest some guys down the stretch because you don't have to play catch up makes it more evident that every game counts. Every once in awhile you will hear Murphy talk about how Bowman wanted to start every season strong because he knew the importance of starting the season off strong.
- dobbles likes this