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08-19-2013, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Green Blob View Post
40 goals.
Haha, double blob!

Seriously though, I just want to re-iterate and emphasize the point of how good Hagelin-Stepan-Nash were as a line last season. The only reason I can see for breaking them up, other than having to do so because the other lines struggled massively, is dementia.

That line was up there with Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin, Sedin-Sedin-Burrows, Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Saad-Towes-Hossa, and Brown-Kopitar-Williams. Clearly ahead of Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry and Johansson-Bäckström-Ovechkin, and miles ahead of Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek and Moulson-Tavares-Boyes.

If we look at the centers (adjusted for zone starts):

With Nash: GF%: 73.9%, CF%: 53.4%
With Hagelin: GF%: 83.3%, CF%: 57.1%

With Seguin: GF%: 80.8%, CF%: 62.4%
With Marchand: GF%: 78.6%, CF%: 62.1%

With Daniel: GF%: 65.1%, CF%: 61.3%
With Burrows: GF%: 70.6%, CF%: 60.8%

With Kunitz: GF%: 75.0%, CF%: 57.0%
With Dupuis: GF%: 70.7%, CF%: 57.5%

With Hossa: GF%: 76.7%, CF%: 59.2%
With Saad: GF%: 70.6%, CF%: 58.4%

With Brown: GF%: 60.5%, CF%: 61.0%
With Williams: GF%: 65.8%, CF%: 64.0%

Stepan's line lags a bit in possession but makes up for it in actual goal differential. I'd say they were at least top 5 last year, maybe even 2nd behind Boston's dominant line.

So to come back to the topic of this thread, if that line can click again and stay together, Nash will almost certainly score 40+ goals in a full season. Let's hope our bottom-9 can keep it together.

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