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12-11-2012, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleedred View Post
Brodeur's play hasn't dropped off as much as you think. In 10/11 the first 41 games the whole team was bad. Hasek in his prime wouldn't have reached a 900 save percentage for that half season on that team. They couldn't even play fundamental defense.

Last year he wasn't quite as bad as he looked early in the year, but poor rebound control led to less than average numbers. In the second half all the way till the playoffs ended he was top 5 in the league in many categories. When he started playing more games he got a lot better. If the PK hadn't broke down in game 6 against LA his save percentage in the playoffs would have been 922 as opposed to 917. Even if we still lost the game. His rebound control is definitely not what it used to be, and that's what I see as the biggest flaw in his game right now. Maybe more soft goals than he used to, but his rebound control is particularly bad.

I agree. The biggest difference is the soft goals. The problem Brodeur is that his bar was so high that when he begins to falter it looks so glarinly abnormal.

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