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02-09-2013, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
That is part of the Hasek paradox. His regular season SV% with outstanding defensemen - Detroit headed by Lidstrom and Chicago headed by Chelios does not impress.
How much did you watch Hasek in Detroit vs. Buffalo?

The general narrative was that Buffalo had an awful, atrocious defense and that Hasek was saving them all the time.

This was not the case.

Buffalo had a solid defense, but it had particular talents. The guys they had, such as Jay McKee, were very good at:
1) Clearing the crease.
2) Eliminating rebounds.

When Hasek was traded to Detroit, he came to a team that was better defensively overall, but have the same level of individual success. Why? Chelios and Fischer () were around to play the physical defensive game, but Duchesne, Olausson, Dandenault... they weren't knocking guys around in the crease. Lidstrom never really did that either. They were able to stop chances from happening, but Duchesne, Olausson, and Dandenault on rebound control? Yeah...

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