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11-19-2012, 05:49 PM
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The Kings basically added a new top line in '98: Stumpel, Murray and Robitaille returned.

The Kings had a +2 GF-GA differential, but it was +13 if you deduct PPs and +15 at ES (the sum of players' +/- was +54).

The West has been referred to as top heavy that year and that's an understatement. Only 4 of the other 12 teams had a positive goal differential, and the Kings' division was especially weak. The East was much stronger that year, esp. in terms of difficulty making the playoffs.

I admit I thought Blake was overrated, and agree more with those that say there were multiple d-men in '98 who were at least as deserving as Blake.

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