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05-27-2013, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by HabsDan93 View Post
How exactly is the NorthEast division the toughest division in the league?
Toronto has a 4th line of goons that can't skate or handle a puck. They have big Dmen but for the most part their D are mediocre.
Did Ottawa become a "tough" team because they outmuscled the Habs? That is not a very hard task to accomplish. Neil will hit and fight but he's one forward who plays under 14 minutes. They have big dmen but we all saw Gryba get crushed by Orpik. And their D are not very tough compared to a team like Saint-Louis or LA.
Boston is the only team in our division that can physically compete with the Western juggernauts like LA, Saint-Louis, and Chicago.
And by all means Detroit will not need to toughen up because their fast and skilled players will simply skate/pass around the Leafs and Sens "tough" players.
I think the West being tougher is a myth. Boston and Pittsburgh are as good/big/tough as any team left in the West.

If Chicago was that big/tough/skilled they would ahve never been down 3-1 against an aging Detroit team that barely made the playoffs.

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