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03-06-2012, 05:12 PM
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The two powerhouse teams are Detroit and Vancouver in the West. They have both the offense and defense/goaltending.

Predators are actually the third best option in the West, as crazy as it sounds. The Predators are 10th in the league in goals for per game(2.78) and 8th in goals against (2.48). The Predators also have the second best powerplay in the NHL.

Sharks are close to cracking into the top ten league wise on offense (2.70, which is 12th) and they're already in the top ten in defense (2.50). However, the Sharks penalty kill is really bad.

St Louis has played well, but I don't like their chances. Due to having the 21st ranked offense (2.50 goals for per game). Blues also have the 23rd best PP and 10th best PK. They could win in round one, but they won't go past round two.

Defense doesn't win championships anymore, you need a really good offense. (See Below)

By the way, entering tonight's game the Stars are 18th in Offense(2.56) and 13th in Defense (2.64). Stars PP is 27th and the PK is 11th.

Phoenix is 30th on the PP, shocking a Tippett team terrible on the powerplay?

May or may not be interesting, but in the past two years in the playoffs in the first round the team who had more goals for in the regular season won 6 of the 8 playoff matchups.

Last years exceptions Capitals over Rangers and Predators over Ducks.
2010's playoffs Montreal over Washington and Bruins over Sabres.

3 of the top 4 teams offenses in the East made it past the first round, the lone exception? Buffalo, who lost to Flyers (#1) in East offense. Bruins #3 and Tampa #2 played in the ECFs.

In the West similar thing if you want to omit Calgary, the 4th best offense in the West regular season, that means 3 of the top 4 offenses made it out of the first round, with the lone exception being (Chicago) who played Vancouver(#1). With Vancouver (#1) playing Sharks (#4 of Playoff teams in offense in the West).

The top defense teams, who weren't top ten in offense
2011
Predators defeated the Ducks, lost in round two
Capitals defeated the Rangers, swept by Tampa in round two.
Rangers lost to Caps first round
Kings lost to Sharks first round
Penguins lost to Tampa first round
Montreal lost to Boston first round

2010
Devils lost first round
Bruins won first round, lost in second round
Coyotes lost in first round
Kings lost in first round

Also a somewhat interesting stat, the last two years the #3 team in the East in offense has made the SCFs. Boston in 2011, Flyers in 2010.

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