Thread: Speculation: Value of Grit and Toughness
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04-20-2012, 12:35 PM
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I don't think the issue with Chicago is a lack of toughness, it's the draw they had in the playoffs.

Match this Chicago team against Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, or LA and they end up where they are now. Match this Chicago team against Vancouver, San Jose, or Detroit, and they'll likely win. Even in those first examples, against LA or Phoenix, this Chicago team wins more often than it loses if it can get passable to above average goaltending. Match this Chicago team against the majority of the East teams, and that "grit and toughness" need mostly disappears.

The issue with their playoff series is that the style (and more importantly the discipline to stay in the system) that Phoenix plays forces Chicago to fight along the boards, grind out plays, and pick up garbage goals. That's not Chicago's game, and Phoenix is able to dictate the style. Look at the LA-Vancouver series, where LA has dictated the style, they've won in dramatic fashion. In game 4, LA didn't manage to control the game, and Vancouver was able to win by playing their style. However, look at the games in the East. Boston-Washington has some of that grinding play, but the other three series aren't like that.

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