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11-02-2008, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Schooner Guy View Post
That's a a bunch of garbage. Last year, we were 9th in the NHL in 5-on-5 goals with 148. That's 4 goals better than Pittsburgh's 144 with all that offensive talent.

This year, our PP is currently ranked 19th in the NHL and we only have one regulation loss after 10 games. Also, despite our 19th ranked PP, we're in third place in the entire NHL in goals for per game with 3.50. Only Philly (3.90) and Detroit (3.54) are ahead of us.

What killed us in the playoff series versus Philly was that numerous aspects of our game (PP, goaltending, defense) all went south at the same time and we were low on forwards who were willing to pay the price inside the perimeter, along the walls, and in front of the net.
GTFO here. If Pittsburgh had Hossa since the beginning of the season, we wouldn't be anywhere near their ES production. Not to mention the fact that they lost Crosby for a considerable amount of time.

The PP was our bread and butter last year. There's no denying that. We finished where we finished because that PP was #1. Once that was shutdown, we suddenly became very beatable.

This year with the acquisitions, we addressed a need. ES scoring. Even with a 19th ranked PP, low and behold, we're still ahead of the pack. Where do you think we would have been had our PP been 19th last season?

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