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11-30-2012, 11:46 AM
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Was curious to see just how good our duo of Lupul/Kessel was last season in comparison to other pairs around in the league.

The Competition

Malkin/Neal
Stamkos/St. Louis
Giroux/Hartnell
Kovalchuk/Elias
Tavares/Moulson
Zetterberg/Datsyuk

Other famous pairs, such as the Sedin's and Getz/Perry had some off years or injury plagued years.

In Points Per Game

Malkin 1.45 Neal 1.01 = 2.46
Stamkos 1.18 St. Louis 0.96 = 2.14
Kovalchuk 1.08 Elias 0.96 = 2.04
Giroux 1.21 Hartnell 0.82 = 2.03
Kessel 1.00 Lupul 1.02 = 2.02
Tavares 0.99 Moulson 0.84 = 1.83
Zetterberg 0.84 Datsyuk 0.96 = 1.80

When it came to putting up points, they were one of the leagues top 5 pairs, and just a hair off from 3rd place.

Goals Per Game

Malkin 0.67 Neal 0.50 = 1.17
Stamkos 0.73 St. Louis 0.32 = 0.95
Kessel 0.45 Lupul 0.38 = 0.83
Tavares 0.38 Moulson 0.44 = 0.82
Giroux 0.36 Hartnell 0.45 = 0.81
Kovalchuk 0.48 Elias 0.32 = 0.80
Zetterberg 0.27 Datsyuk 0.27 = 0.54

When looking at goals, you can see outside from a team that has one of Malkin or Stamkos, Lupul and Kessel had the best scoring rate in the league, with NYI, PHI and NJD pairs being a hair behind.

Now defensively these two had a weak plus/minus, somehow they managed to be a combined -9 even though they put up so many points. Other pairs doing worse in this category are NJD with -17 between the two. Tavares with -6 and MSL with -1 being the only other minus guys we compared.

Now to be fair the Leafs are a much weaker team than Det, Phi, Pit, one that has a much lower overall +/-, and also seeing how NJD NYI and TBL players were also in the minus, this probably has to do more with a team game than anything.

All in all, Lupul/Kessel were top 3 or top 5 in the leagues as scoring pairs, and probably weren't as bad defensively compared to other elite pairs either.

Now the question is can these two repeat these numbers? If so having both a 29 yr old 1st line PPG LW and a 25 yr old 1st line PPG RW, means were set on our 1st line wings for the next 5-6 years, till regression hits Lupul. If we can give these two a 1st line C to play with, it could help these two maintain there stats.
They shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as the others, they only played Offense and were a minus. Their stats should be evaluated after Carlye took over and that should be the guide line of what we can expect if this season ever starts.

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