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11-06-2010, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
I say Howe easily as well. Both played most of their careers on very strong teams, but Howe made his teams strong.

What I can't get over is that Howe took his team's GF:GA ratio from 0.96 when he was off the ice, to 1.46 when he was on the ice. That would be a very strong season, but he averaged this rate of improvement over a 16-year career that took him up to age 39.

Niedermayer's teams were dominant with and without him on the ice. 1.21 without, 1.24 with.

Niedermayer won the Smythe, but can you claim he was actually a more dominant postseason performer? Howe was the unquestioned best player on a team that lost two Finals to the dynasty Oilers. Niedermayer's Smythe could have gone to one of four Ducks, or even Alfredsson if not for his brainfart.
Is there an archive of that ratio for each players or do you have to look it up one by one? I'd like see Thornton's and Crosby's.

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