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04-13-2013, 10:26 AM
Et le But
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It's hard to say but this underlying factors make this team look legitimate, for once. Usually "fluke" teams have one of three things going for them, or both -
-Ridiculously good power plays
-Hot goaltending
-Ridiculously high shooting %

Last years Leafs and Wild at the start of the season were good examples of fluke teams, they were both outplayed badly regularly and as soon as their unsustainable offense dried up, they crashed.

The 2008 Habs managed to keep the illusion going all season but as soon as the power play dried up, the team fell back to earth.

This team is different. Our power play has been very good lately (it's 4th in the league right now), but it has fluctuated all season without much impact on our standing. Unlike the 2008 team, we are getting as much scoring from even strength, the only teams with better even strength goals for/against than us are the Pens and Hawks.

Also Price isn't particularly good this year. He's not the liability some one claim he is but he's not the reason we are winning. This is probably his weakest season in the past 3 years and his stats are middle of the road.

And as far as shooting % goes, we aren't particularly lucky. We are getting luck from a few key players (Ryder especially), but most of our top 6 is shooting around their career averages and Pacioretty, Galchenyuk and Eller have all been very unlucky. This team is very balanced scoring-wise which means we can afford to have one player go cold.

Over a 82 game season anything could happen, we've had some bad injuries but less than usual if anything. But there's no reason to think this team is a bubble, despite what the general board says.

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