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03-21-2012, 10:30 AM
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Riche16
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
An outsider might think it's Richards. But our goals per game average is identical to last year's. So that leaves the defense and the fact that we give up fewer than .2 goals per game than last season. But why is that? This year Girardi and McDonagh improved, but we also didn't have Staal till January and when we did have him he was much worse than last year. We also haven't had Sauer since December. It's a little apples to organes since McD and Sauer didn't play all of last year. Still seems like some guys progressed but others either were injured or regressed. So does it all come down to Hank playing the best hockey of his career?
Keep in mind we had some blowout games last season that skewed the Goals Per Game stat. I'm not saying the D isn't better... much better, but that stat doesn't tell the entire story.

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