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03-11-2013, 04:27 PM
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I too think their struggles to end last season have been a little overstated. To me, it was mostly contained to their special teams and in some ways it's similar this year.

In the first 42 games last season (up to and including the Bruins game) the team had a +35 goal differential and in the 40 remaining games they put up only a +15 goal differential. So on the surface that seems like a huge drop off. But if you break it down into ES and special teams it's clear where the problem lied:

First 42: +16 at ES and +19 on special teams

Last 40: +17 at ES and -3 on special teams

This is also reflected in their 5 on 5 possession numbers. In terms of shot differential, Fenwick, Corsi, and what have you they were consistently one of the best teams in the league from start to finish last season. Even if you look only at post trade deadline, they were one of the best 5 on 5 teams in the league but their special teams were terrible.

Their record was certainly inflated due to a ton of SO wins and they really didn't play well enough to deserve the President's Trophy, but they definitely weren't terrible or slumping unless your only point of reference is their 10-11 season which was one of the most all around dominant in the last 30 years.

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