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12-04-2012, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
Right. That *was* the point.




At a high level, sure.

Bourque was a huge workhorse for his teams, particularly on the PP, though.

However:

SeasonNameMinutesPP Points
97-98Bourque49430
98-99Bourque54339
99-00Bourque46837
00-01Bourque40233
Totals 1907139

So over the four year period where we have stats (mind you this includes one very down year by Bourque and is the end of his career), Bourque registers a point on the powerplay roughly every 13.7 minutes of powerplay time.

SeasonNameMinutesPP Points
97-98Lidstrom38233
98-99Lidstrom43229
99-00Lidstrom36331
00-01Lidstrom44643
Totals 1623136

Meanwhile Lidstrom produces almost the same in almost 300 less PP minutes (5 full games of PP time) or a rate of a point every 11.93 minutes of PP time.

(Hopefully I copied this stuff right, I'm at work right now so I don't have the time)
Need some context for those numbers yet though. Need to know total team PP minutes and the effectiveness of their PP's when they were not on the ice.

And I know you mentioned this but it should be more emphasized that it's a twilight of his career Bourque being compared to a middle of his prime Lidstrom.

Perhaps comparing Lidstrom's last 4 season to Bourque's last 4 would be better and would also eliminate most of the strength of team arguments against Lidstrom as well. Detroit in the last 3 seasons is obviously not on a level with the mid 90's-mid 2000's Detroit teams.

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