Setting expectations low and still dissapointing

A more cynical person might say that’s almost the Washington Capitals’ tagline, but I think even the most optimistic of us has to look at the line from this article with some dark humor.

The loss snapped the Capitals’ four-game winning streak, their longest in three years. They had been looking to win five in a row for the first time since March 2001.

Maybe someone who paid better attention in statistics can back me up on this one, but even if you’re winning only 1/2 the time (like when flipping a coin) you’ve got a 6% chance to hit 4 in a row in any given sequence. To not pull that off in an 82 game season is sad.

On the other hand, I think the writing is a little sad too. Talking about hockey statistics over the last three years is a little… odd. Shouldn’t you talk about the last three seasons played? After all, I don’t remember any standout performances in the NHL for the 2004-2005 season…

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