Overachieving, The Real Deal or Easy Schedule?
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02-21-2013, 01:03 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
It's the real deal. A few factors explain it. The first one is depth. We have 3 forward lines that can score. This is a surprise to me, as I did not think that Galchenyuk and Gallagher would be so good right off the bat. Our weakest link on a full line-up is White or Moen (Armstrong wouldn't even make the team), those are great "worst players", better than almost every other team. Lately we always had this one forward that sucked to the point that he was a liability - not this year.
Secondly, for the first time in years, we don't have a truly bad dman. Every one of them is at least acceptable defensively. Emelin is excellent, Gorges and Bouillon are very reliable, Markov is a god pincher, Subban is Subban and Diaz is not bad. Our defensive system is efficient, and Price stops most of what comes through.
Thirdly, the powerplay is strong - Markov makes a huge difference, as usual. Name me 3 defensemen in the league who are better on the powerplay, you can't. He used to be 2nd best only to Lidstrom.
These three factors improved our offense and defense significantly over last year.
We're not the best in the East, but it's looking like top 5.
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