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12-04-2003, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Oi'll say!

Niinimaa 63gp, -7
Brewer 80gp, -11
Staios 76gp, +13, 96 pims
Smith 68gp, 64 pims
Ferguson 78gp, +11, 120 pims
Semenov 46gp, -7, 58 pims
Pisa 48gp, +11, 24 pims

Smith/Staios/Ferguson/Semenov 268gp, 338 pims, +22

Team 230 goals against

Niinimaa/Brewer/Smith/Staios/Ferguson 365 gp

You can see here that the 5 main guys on the blueline played almost the exact same # of games but the difference in goals against was staggering. The main difference on the blueline was Poti&Brown out, Semenov&Pisa in. Seeing as Poti was a -6 with 17 points and 42 pims his wasn't that great a loss.
Didn't Janne injure his knee earlier in that season as well? Smith wasn't all that hot last year either even without the shoulder injury late in the season. I think those two things hurt us the most.

With a "healthy" Janne Niinimaa who would log 25+ minutes a night and Jason Smith a solid contributor and a monster force along the boards... every member of the defense can play more effectively. IE/ they are not being asked to do too much on the ice nor log too much icetime.

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