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02-18-2013, 05:39 AM
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rumrokh
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Originally Posted by Mormino View Post
It's funny, most of the Blues' offense came when they were playing their style, not when they were cheating defensively. We were held to one goal in three of those losses. The goals will come, they just need to make sure they take care of their own end first!

Here is what the goal totals look like if you break it down line by line:
57-42-74 --> 12
9-21-25 --> 15
10-20-91 --> 13
Considering only half of their goals have come at 5-on-5, that's not a productive way to look at it unless you're simply judging the scoring ability of those players as groups. Even then, different players excel in different situations. Schwartz, for example, doesn't get powerplay time despite being more than capable of playing the powerplay. Oshie, despite being the Blues' best forward so far, has only two even-strength points. So it's not automatic when attempting to judge that way.

If their powerplay continues to be great and they can draw penalties with regularity, their scoring pace won't take too much of a hit, even if they don't do much 5-on-5. Last year, their powerplay time and total powerplays were both average, and it's actually a bit worse now, but with deeper scoring lines, they should be able to force other teams to draw more penalties without cheating. Should. We'll see what reality shakes out, because a super hot streak and a super cold streak is a pretty difficult sample to judge.

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