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11-24-2012, 02:45 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Sam I Am View Post
To point out the obvious, Desharnais had over twice as many points as Eller did last season. It can be argued that Desharnais was not so much the beneficiary of his linemates than the other way around. He really gets his wingers going. His vision is world class.

Eller is a work in progress. If he has anywhere near the hockey smarts of Desharnais, he should turn out well.

Both Cole and Pacioretty actually scored goals at a faster rate without Desharnais than with him on ES. Their shots for/against ratios also were both better with Plekanec and Eller.

That might just be a fluke of the sample size, but I also looked at their shot rate, neither Cole nor Pacioretty improved compared to previously established levels.

By the numbers it looks far more that Pacioretty and Cole were having a monster season together than being at all dependent on who was centering them last year. Far to small a sample size to make any conclusions from, but if we go by the eye test, Pacioretty-Plekanec-Cole was even more of a dominant line than Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole the rare occasions they played together.

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