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01-18-2005, 11:08 PM
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Better Oilers team. 83-84 or 87-88?

I know the prevailing thought is the 83-84 teams was the better one. But I just watched a special on the 88 Oilers cup run and wow. That was sheer dominance. They lost 2 games all playoffs and never trailed in a series by less then 2 games. It was a time when Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Anderson, Simpson, Lowe and Fuhr were just peaking career-wise or coming a bit back down in the case of a few. They were more confident then the 84 team and were simply overpowering in every facet of the game, from offense, through defence, and into goaltending.

The 83/84 team was more driven and arguably more talented. With a peak high Gretzky, Kurri, and Coffey were a marvel to watch as they just tore through teams. It resembled a neverending aerial attack. But they weren't as multifaceted as the 88 team. They were a high-flying offense with no regard for team defense and entirely relied on Moog and Fuhr all year.

So which team was better. I think a strong argument could be made for the 87/88 team.


Let's see how this plays out...
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