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12-15-2009, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I agree, though even that one was helped by era - the era of the divisional playoffs where Roy got several "free" wins per playoffs against the likes of the Hartford Whalers.
It was only a really noticeable difference in 1992, which ended up being a seven game series anyway (they would've drawn the Islanders instead). In 1990, for instance, Hartford had the fourth best record in the Adams and was better than every team in the Patrick. Any advantage Roy had in the divisional system was taken away by sharing the Adams with the Bruins, who were his kryptonite. I'm sure he could've racked up more wins if he didn't have to play them in the second round all the time.

If someone wants to run the numbers, they'll see that he would've had more success without the divisional playoffs forcing the Bruins-Canadiens match-up early in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

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