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12-26-2008, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by zeke View Post
Boston has a nice edge in goaltending, and has better depth at forward and arguably on defense as well.

SanJose has the edge in offense from the blueline, and arguably on the first line forwards....but that's very arguable, it all depends on what you think of Kessel and Krejci.
Not sure How. Nabokov is a Vezina runner up, and is better than either of the Bruins goaltenders. Thomas is having a good year, but has yet to make his mark in the way Nabokov has.

Depth at forward is certainly close, but San Jose has a win here.
Thornton is better than Savard, and Marleau is close behind. Setoguchi has some growing to do, yet is already doing big things.

Michalek and Clowe and Pavelski make up a formidable second line. Michalek is a 60+ point guy himself and Clowe is a tremendous Power forward who is performing very well(On pace for 34 goals, 65+ points.)
Hell. Cheechoo is a former Richard winner and he is a 3rd liner due to injuries(Even without Thornton, Cheechoo is a capable 30+ goal scorer)
Mitchell has been out all year, but he is the Sharks Best Pker. Along with grier and Goc, they make a formidable checking crew. Roenick is still good for 30 points or so on the 4th line.

And defensive Depth? The Sharks 5th and 6th Dmen Murray and Ehrhoff are 3rd and 4th Dmen on most teams. Wideman and Chara are both stellar Dmen, but after those two, any of the Sharks 6 are better than the rest of the Bruins Dmen. all 6 of the SJ blueliners have been playing stellar defensively, especially considering the more offensive attitude of the new coach.

The Bruins are good. Very good. But they lack the overall Depth the Sharks squad has. The Sharks have been down 3 top 6 forwards and their top Dman at certain points this season and have not missed a beat(Not to mention their best Pker has been out all year) and their #1 goalie went down for an extended period. The fact that they could lose so much and still slice through the competition without seeming to be missing pieces is testament to that Depth.

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