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02-28-2013, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Food for thought... Ottawa was often a high-octane team, the Devils were usually not. Alfredsson led the team in scoring by more than a point just once, in 2010 (10 points). Elias' best margins on his team were 13, 9, 7 and 7 points. This is an indication that he was often better than his linemates, while Alfredsson was often only on par with his. I wouldn't say they carried him or anything silly like that. But they did help him score more. Elias' linemates didn't really do that; he was helping them score more, if anything.
The Devils didn't just score 180 goals a year either though. They led the NHL in goals in 2001 with 295. I think it is important to note that it was also easier to lead your team in points when Langenbrunner, Gomez, Sykora, Arnott, etc. are in the mix while Alfredsson had Hossa, Yashin, Spezza, Heatley to compete with. All you need to do is look up times Elias led the Devils in points despite having a rather low point total. Alfredsson was the better offensive player and also had a coach like Jacques Martin who wasn't exactly a fan of firewagon hockey either.

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