Meltzer’s Musings: Lost Weekend, Not Lost Hope

For all the "every game is a must-win" hype that surrounds the 48-game season, the truth of the matter is that a slow start need not be fatal to a team.

For example, in the lockout-shortened 1995 season, the eventual Atlantic Division champion Philadelphia Flyers started out 3-7-1. Within the same division, the playoff-bound Washington Capitals had a 2-8-2 record on Feb. 15, yet they still man

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