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11-06-2003, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by igor
I think the same way Spaz. I'm kind of impressed that the Oilers are still getting by in spite of Smyth-Hemsky getting outscored most games lately. I really wouldn't have thought that was possible when I looked at this roster a month ago.

Smyth and Hemsky are very good hockey players, they'll start playing well again (hopefully soon). But until then its nice to know that the Oilers can muddle through even when these two are struggling.
Yep its a sign of a good team not a bad one. Teams that have balanced scoring survive when their better players go through slumps and that is going to happen.

Look at Vancouver last year as a prime example. In the playoffs when Naslund and Bertuzzi were shut out they lost. This year they are starting to find other scoring.

New Jersey has won their Stanley Cups because yes they are great defensively but they have four lines that can put the puck in the net.

Balanced scoring is the key to a team like the Oilers success IMO.

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