Question re Forwards Role in loss to NJ
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07-27-2012, 04:38 PM
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Its hard to say, i personally believe we are a flawed team and not nearly as good as the number seem to indicate. I certainly don't believe some of the players we have on our team are as good as the stats they put up as well. I feel lavy's system can inflate players stats.
Hockey is such a hard sport to analyze and depict. Football is a sport where you can really depict players and strategy and come to some sort of conclusion. Hockey on the other hand is so fluid and occasionally random that it is hard to sit there and analyze especially since each season, each game, each opponent present new and unique challenges .
Look at how drastically different this team has been the past 3 years. Not only in personnel but in style of play and in luck. Imagine if Montreal beat Boston in game 7 in ot, imagine if florida beat NJ in game 7 in double OT. we could be marching to the beat of a different drum for all we know. Hockey is incredibly hard to look at and break down objectively no matter how hard we try.
I don't think the NJ series was a fair test of our young and injured team. I listed them before elsewhere, but most of the D and forwards were playing hurt, and Bryz still wasn't 100% from his chipped ankle bone.
I can't imagine it's easy fighting board battles with a broken wrist, torn abdo muscle, broken finger, sore shoulder, damaged knee, recent concussion, etc.
The Flyers team everyone is so worried about, with one-third ROOKIES in the lineup, kicked the butts of the mighty Pens, but had nothing left.
Heck, we probably got BETTER goaltending in the that series than the Devils did, we just couldn't beat them.
It's not the end of the world, and it could turn out a lot different next year, esp. since they lost their best player/captain...
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