Better Oilers team. 83-84 or 87-88?
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01-24-2005, 11:57 AM
John Flyers Fan
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And speaking of John Flyers Fan who never hesitates to prop up the Bullies in hypothetical matchups vs. the Bruins (apparently hasn't gotten over '77 and '78), the real question is which Flyers team he prefers, the Lindberg Flyers of 84-85 (Poulin was hurt for the finals, right?) or the 86-87 Flyers of Hextall's Conn Smythe ...
I don't mind the Bruins at all -- I just think back to May 19, 1974 .... and thank the Bruins for Parent, MacLeish, Watson, Dornhoeffer, Leach etc ... all originally Bruins that contribute to Flyers cup wins.
As far as Flyers 84-85 vs. 86-87.
I'll take Lindbergh over Hextall without question. Problem was that Lindbergh got hurt during game 6 vs. Quebec in 1985. He was about 60% during the Stanley Cup Finals.
IMO the 1984-85 team was the better team. They were more banged up by the time they reached the Finals, and the Oilers in 1985, were probably playing better than the team in 1987.
In 1985 they swept the Rangers, beat the Isles in 5 and Nordiques in 6 games.
In 1987 thet took the Rangers in 6, Isles in &, and Habs in 6.
In 1985 Poulin missed 9 playoff games, Kerr was out for the Finals, Lindbergh at 60%, McCrimmon (our 2nd best defenseman) missed the Finals.
In 1987 Kerr missed the last 14 games of the playoffs, Poulin missed 9 games, Craven missed 14, Sinisalso missed 8, and Ron Sutter missed 10.
IMO when healthy the 1985 team was better, but the 1987 team was my favorite.
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