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06-20-2013, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by The Great 88 View Post
That doesn't make any sense, Havlat proved he had chemistry with Couture late in the year, and boosted his nhmbers. What's wrong with that?
What's wrong with that is that if you cherry pick any small number of games, you can make almost any point. The implication is that the couple of games at the end of the year might not be representative of Havlat's impact on Couture.

I happen to disagree with that, but my reference is the slightly larger body of work they put together in 11-12, where Havlat at one point was PPG setting up Couture (before his freak groin injury, I believe), and helped San Jose's offense substantially once he returned late in the year and into the playoffs (keep in mind that that's a relative term, seeing how bad the offense was generally for the second half of that year). I think that when you combine 11-12 with the games in 12-13, you get a pretty convincing argument that Havlat and Couture are quite good together offensively.

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