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04-27-2011, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Heaton View Post
Just to give a perspective on the depth of both teams. In the first round last year the Wings won against Phoenix in 7 games. In those 7 games the Wings bottom 6 had 4 points and was -1. This year the bottom 6 of the Wings through 4 games has 15 points and are +19.

Through the first 6 games of the 1st round for the Sharks, the 4th line only played about 19 minutes total.

I have no clue if this will be any sort of difference in the series as you'd think it would but sometimes it doesn't really matter.
Look at the team you went up against though.
Phoenix had limited scoring and no depth. They lost key players in the top 6 and from their top 4. Then their goalie went super cold.
San Jose's 3rd line is a bigger scoring threat than the Coyote's first line.

Not that it really matters, the key thing here is that both Detroit and San Jose have much better forward depth than last year. Both teams defense has had its issues at times and both teams have had their starting goalie go from looking like a Vezina candidate to a waiver candidate over the course of the season.

I just hope its an awesome series... and that the sharks win.

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