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05-05-2012, 07:05 PM
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I disagree about Pronger. He's 37 years old and had an injury filled season last year. It wasn't difficult to predict that he wouldn't be healthy for this year's playoffs. His injury was fluke, but there was a good possibility he wouldn't stay healthy.
Those guys are not above average to exceptional. Couturier is above average for a 19 year old, but he is far from Selke caliber. Most of those guys are getting out shot when they are on the ice.
They are playing the same system they have played the previous two years. The only thing that has changed is the personnel.
Pronger has been pretty healthy over the course of his career. They had to take the chance that he was going stay healthy this year. What else were they supposed to do? They couldn't trade for anyone, and the free agency class was weak with defenders.
You can be above average defensively and still be far from Selke caliber. Getting out shot isn't always indicative of poor defensive play. I'll take ten crappy shots from outside over a couple of really good chances. If our goaltending wasn't atrocious this season (outside of March), our team wouldn't be considered so defensively inept. Those guys are more than capable of limiting chances, something they've done almost all season.
And it's the same result. Boston scored something like twenty goals in that series last season. But, everybody insists that we lost so much two way play with the Carter and Richards trades. The 2011 team allowed 2.63 goals a game that year, versus 2.74 this year. That's hardly enough to say this team sucks defensively.
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