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01-21-2011, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
Mike Green:
41 GP
88 Hits
94 Blocked Shots
22 Takeaways
28 ES GA in 771:09 ESTOI (~27.5 min per GA)
8 PPGA in 105:50 SHTOI (~13.25 min per GA, ~84.9% PK%)

Ryan Suter:
35 Hits
45 Blocked Shots
10 Takeaways
19 ES GA in 668:52 ESTOI (~32.5 min per GA)
7 PPGA in 77:14 SHTOI (~11 min per GA, ~81.9% PK%)

And keep in mind that Suter gets to play with Shea Weber, while Green pairs with Jeff Schultz or Scott Hannan. This is reflected by Suter's +0.078 Qualteam and Green's -0.018. Suter faces slightly tougher competition than Green, but both players are within .025 of neutral QoC.

The stats show that Green actually ends up making more defensive plays than Suter, is a better penalty killer, though gives up some more goals at evens strength (though he doesn't get the benefit of playing with Shea Weber). And given the relative disparity between their offensive games, Green is absolutely ahead of Suter.
And Green has guys like Ovie, Backstrom, Semin and a few others up front that help his offensive numbers. Put Suter in place of Green and Suter's offensive stats would rise too while Green coming to Nashville would lower his. Also, the Caps would be a better defensive team while the Preds d would suffer.

I like what Green brings to the table but his offensive game is his calling card. Suter has one of the best all around games on the blue line in the game today. He doesn't do anything on an elite level but his overall play is pretty solid.

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