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01-30-2013, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by RC24 View Post
Since we have a pretty big sample size to compare, doesn't it amaze people the difference in this team with and without Crosby in the lineup?

They play a completely different game without him. I suppose DB has them more focused without him.

I tried to do some advanced statistical analysis, not perfect but was able to do the last 60 games without Crosby over the last two seasons:

Overall Record: 34-21-5
Record w/o Crosby: 29-19-4
Difference of Win Percentage: .021

Also Malkin averages 1.47 points-per-game in Crosby's absence and 1.14 points-per-game when he is in.

Doesn't mean anything really, just as a fan I can't help but notice the difference.
No, thanks for doing that because even though it's sacrilege to a lot of folks, it's worth talking about. Everybody knows when things started going downhill last year and what it coincided with. I might get in trouble for this highly provocative and totally speculative statement, but I actually think maybe this goes beyond DB. Maybe there is something really afoul in the room with this group.

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