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08-02-2012, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Jame View Post
What was LAs record after the coaching change, and then adding more talent?

Are you saying that this past season (the first time a seed lower then 4 has won a cup) is now the standard?

Yea, talent and coaching are totally secondary

St Louis had more man games lost to injury then Buffalo
So did Florida, Philly, Pittsburgh... and they made the playoffs... why? because they are more talented at the top and have better coaching

Injuries is only an excuse for not making the playoffs if you are a bad team
It's one thing to lose depth players for long stretches, it's another thing to lose your key contributors. When you lose your top two defenders, most dynamic forward and your Vezina winning goalie is concussed, it's a little different than losing Marcel Goc and your 5th defenseman for half the season. Pittsburgh is the obvious exception, but only one team has a second center that is the best player in the NHL.

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