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05-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Singh66 View Post
It could be argued both ways, maybe the West is more 'defensive' because they don't have the offensive talent that is in the East. My personal opinion is that the finishers in the West are not as good as the finishers in the East.

The Penguins went 13-2-3 against the West last year, they can play against any team because they are an incredible team.
The regular season not always being indicative of playoff success. To wit the Vancouver Canucks...When it counts clubs like the Nucks, Rangers, Pens,Sens, seldom get it done.

For the last two decades I could make a decent living betting against the Sens every year. Easiest playoff patsy around.

Some teams are just built for the playoffs, most of those teams being in the WC.

CONTROLLING games and results is what makes teams into SC winners. You do this first and foremost by limiting GA. Not winning 5-4 in OT in a game that was up for grabs all the way. On the part of the Pens that is completely underwhelming.

Anyway, for the younger fans here a slight history lesson. The most talented club in the history of the game, the 80's Edmonton Oilers, lost to the Kings in 82, and Islanders in 83 because they had not yet figured out how to shore up their own end and be able to play all round hockey. A Veteran Kings team absolutely schooled the Oilers making them look silly in 82. It was embarrassing and a rude lesson for every Oiler team and the lesson being that you CAN'T win in playoff hockey consistently by simply filling the net with pucks.

Two years later that same Oilers team that got drubbed in high scoring games by the Kings wins game 1, SC final, on the road, 1-0, against the SC Champ NYI's. Lesson learned. The rest as they say is history and a scoring club that got that much better, and became a dynasty, because they could play both ends of the rink.

From the looks of things a very talented Pens club has not yet learned that lesson after being humbled worse last year.

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