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10-28-2011, 09:14 AM
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That's not a fair comparison. Streit wasn't out 40 games, he was out 82. Okposo was out for more then 40 games as well. Your not even close, and that's not even mentioning the revolving door of injured defenseman and dp. When 2 of Pittsburghs top 4 players are out for at least 3/4's of the season, then you'd have a valid point.
The wear on players trying to pick up the slack, for a few top players being out for 3/4's or more of the season, takes it toll.
Malkin and Crosby both missed about 30-40 games at the same time. Mark Letestu was their number 1 center at one point. Comparing the importance on a individual team of Streit and Okposo to two of the top 5 players in the league is stretching it. Okposo is a guy who hasn't even hit 20 goals in a season.
The difference is Pittsburgh is a well run team with a top 5 coach and a great GM. The only thing they accept is winning. Pitt having a great defense that can transition makes a difference. Our D can only dump the puck back to the other teams sticks at the point. We are not well run, we have an AHL coach and an amateur GM and we look for and accept excuses constantly.
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