Bob Cole Divisional Quarterfinals: Philadelphia vs. Winnipeg
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04-10-2012, 04:32 PM
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While Howe did normally play with a playmaking center, the LW that played alongside them was almost always a goal scorer like Ted Lindsay.
Lindsay was like Howe - a balanced offensive force. These are Lindsay's top 10 finishes:
Points finishes: 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 7th, 9th
Goals finishes: 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 9th
Assist finishes: 1st, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th
Howe actually might have been a better playmaker than a goalscorer, which is almost unheard of for a power forward like him.
This is true, at least in the playoffs. In the regular season, Howe appears balanced, but it the playoffs his goals per game goals down and his assists per game goes up.
Combined with the fact that Kariya is a playmaker first that shoots second at left wing
Why do you think Kariya was a pass first guy? I always saw him as another balanced guy.
But most of the time, they'll be working their magic between the two and finding Nieuwendyk open in front of the net.
I don't see Nieuwendyk keeping up with the other two in transition, so he's not getting in front of the net off the rush. In a cycle game (where Kariya isn't that useful), Joe will make his way to the net.
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