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02-18-2013, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrokh View Post
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.
I know what you are saying here and agree, but we are talking about being deep and not special teams specialists. There are plenty of teams in the past years that have had great powerplay or PK and not been deep enough to make the playoffs.

What we are looking at here, is how we are at 5 on 5. I love that the Blues have a powerplay that is clicking and their PK is coming along, but it doesn't show us how deep they are and how they score by committee.

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