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02-21-2013, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by quoipourquoi View Post
Because they lost their starting goaltender and best skater for one month. The same month.

During the injuries to Giguere and Pronger: 2-7-2; -9 goal differential
During the rest of the regular season: 46-13-12; +59 goal differential

That's why they beat the team with the highest goal differential (Ottawa +66; which was lower than Anaheim's pace with Pronger/Giguere) in five games, proving that writing them off historically because of goal differential is a little silly.
Let's not pretend that none of the other teams in contention for this didn't suffer injuries. Anaheim lost a month of Pronger and Giguere, so what? Just from the same year, Ottawa lost comparable amounts of time from each of Spezza, Fisher, and Redden. Buffalo lost Tallinder for half the year, along with injuries to other important players like Lydman and Afinogenov. For Detroit it was Zetterberg, Kronwall, Schneider...

If the Ducks were half as deep as people claimed them to be, one would argue that losing two players (even ones as important as Giguere or Pronger) would not have significantly impaired them.

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