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09-30-2013, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by KEEROLE Vatanen View Post
compare the numbers of niedermayer in anaheim to lidstrom in detroit during the same time period and the difference in PPG is only .1 over a large sample size of games. pretty odd that niedermayer can go toe to toe with the best dman of his generation offensively, in his mid to late 30's once he changes teams
The difference between 0.71 and 0.81 doesn't seem like much but it is. It's pretty much the separation of a Tier.
And one also has to remember that while Lidstrom may be one of the top scoring D-men his generation, he was not what you would call an offensive D-man nor did he set the bar as high as previous generations or even as high as we are seeing today.

You are right though, switching teams definitely helped Scott's offense but there's actually a simple reason for that...The Ducks PP was much better than the Devil's.

The comparison of Scott's last 5 seasons with the Devil's compared to his next 5 with the Ducks shows that his ES scoring went down slightly but his PP scoring doubled.

NJ GP- 366 P-199 ES-131 (0.36) PP-65 (0.18)
AHN GP-371 P-264 ES-121 (0.33) PP-135 (0.36)

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