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02-19-2013, 01:06 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 guess to clarify, I was trying to show 'where' the scoring was coming from, not necessarily how or when. It's nice to know that we have three lines that have the potential to fill the net any given night.

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