Jim Robson Divisional Finals: New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh
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04-27-2012, 11:41 PM
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First, notice that Rob Blake is almost unique among this class of defensemen in that he doesn't appear to have made a difference for his NHL team's goals for/goals against ratio at even strength
The first thing that I notice is how poor Rob Blake's teams are overall in his career compared to most of the people we are looking at here.
How much of that is because of him and how much of that is the team is up for debate as always.
I do know for sure that most of the reason Blake's plus minus numbers aren't impressive is that the Kings sucked defensively as a team most of the time, and he was there most of the time.
I think we all know by now how much I think we need to be careful trying to use 5 man and team stats as description of individual play.
I mean by the same notion we can say Scott Niedermayer wasn't helping his team at even strength and wasn't a good transition player.
Not that I am part of the Blake fan club or anything.. I think his Norris is a very weak one, for example.
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