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11-28-2013, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by GreatKeith View Post
But is tougher = better?

Hits is just a stat.

According to this we outhit them 22-11 with Petry almost outhitting their entire team.
Perhaps some clarification...

I saw numerous opportunities for Oiler players to finish a check against the Hawks top line and they just skated on by (Hall and Eberle did that and do that consistently).
Being tough and hitting is only part of being tougher to play against. Making life miserable for the other team (finishing checks...being tough on the puck) is an element the Oilers lack in spades...the Flames are the opposite.

The system matters along with the players commitment and execution of the system.
Having a balanced roster with size and playing ability also helps a great deal.

Elements that the Oilers org has failed at consistently over the last 7 years.

We shall see if the Flames are able to overcome their injuries with their strong systems play.

Wideman being out is a big blow. He is their best dman and would be the best dman on the Oilers as well.

Monahan is a great young player (2nd in NHL rookie scoring...big strong responsible player) and he is out as well.

That should help the Oilers surpass them in the standings.

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