Zenon Konopka has same # fights as entire Leaf team
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02-14-2012, 08:23 AM
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I don't really see the correlation.
2 of the top fighting teams are also 2 of the worst teams in the league.
Half of the bottom teams in fighting are presently in a playoff spot.
I think you failed.
I think he made his point quite well.
Look at the correlation between top 8/bottom 8 in fighting majors and where teams rank in the standings within our conference. These are the teams we play the bulk of our games against, and if we do make the playoffs, these are the teams we'll face.
Top 8 in fighting majors (eastern conference teams only):
1 New York Rangers 46 (77 points,
2 Boston Bruins 42 (70 points,
3 Philadelphia Flyers 42 (69 points,
5 Ottawa Senators 37 (64 points, 7th)
8 New Jersey Devils 28 (66 points,
All playoff teams
, including the
top three teams in the entire conference
Now the bottom 8 teams for number of fights (eastern conference teams only):
23 Toronto Maple Leafs 18 (62 points, 8th place)
25 New York Islanders 15 (54 points,
26 Carolina Hurricanes 14 (53 points,
27 Tampa Bay Lightning 14 (54 points,
29 Montreal Canadiens 12 (55 points,
Only one playoff team
(and that's us squeeking in at 8th place). The others make up
4 of the bottom 5 teams in the east
I don't think anybody is saying
"duh... if you fight, you win... duh".
Obviously, you have to play the game, score goals, play solid defensively, have good goaltending, special teams etc.
But part of being a well rounded team is being tough enough to play against the big boys, and we're in a very tough conference. When the Bruins, Rangers etc. start laying the body on us, we're ill-equipped to handle it, particularly up front. We lose far too many puck battles. These teams come at you hard and wear you down, and when you push back, they'll challenge you. Whether or not you like that aspect of the game, it's a part of the overall picture, and we don't measure up very well against the competition right now.
Adding a couple of guys with some size and sandpaper will enable us to win more puck battles in the trenches, protect and make room for our skilled players and help us exploit our speed advantage.
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