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11-13-2011, 09:17 AM
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76-77 Habs 1st
55-56 Habs 2nd
Even though they lost in the conference final the 95-96 Wings were a pretty stacked team. Think I'd have them in 3rd. Or maybe the 83-84 Oilers...

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11-13-2011, 09:24 AM
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02 Red Wings IMHO

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11-13-2011, 11:10 AM
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Why is everyone who mentions a team from that era all-in on the 56 Habs? The 52 Wings appear to be very comparable.

The Howe-Lindsay-Abel combo (I don't think Delvecchio was on the top line yet), Red Kelly and Provonost on the blue line, and Terry Sawchuk who allowed only 5 goals in 8 playoff games (all wins against the Leafs and Habs).

The 52 Habs had Lach-Richard, Boom Boom, Harvey-Johnson, Olmstead, and a young Dickie Moore. They had career years by non-HOF players Bill Reay (41 pts, 4 pts below career high), Floyd Curry (career high 20 G, 38 pts), Dick Gamble (career highs 23G, 40pts), Paul Meger (career highs 24G, 42pts.)

And in 4 games they scored 2 goals against the Red Wings.

Howe et al almost outcored opponents 5 to 1 in the playoffs, averaging 3.000 GFPG, and 0.625 GAPG. They also had 100 points in 70 games, and their goal differential is 9 less than the 56 Habs. They probably have a good shot at best non-Long Island US-based team, if nothing else.

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11-13-2011, 05:52 PM
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Why is everyone who mentions a team from that era all-in on the 56 Habs? The 52 Wings appear to be very comparable.

The Howe-Lindsay-Abel combo (I don't think Delvecchio was on the top line yet), Red Kelly and Provonost on the blue line, and Terry Sawchuk who allowed only 5 goals in 8 playoff games (all wins against the Leafs and Habs).

The 52 Habs had Lach-Richard, Boom Boom, Harvey-Johnson, Olmstead, and a young Dickie Moore. They had career years by non-HOF players Bill Reay (41 pts, 4 pts below career high), Floyd Curry (career high 20 G, 38 pts), Dick Gamble (career highs 23G, 40pts), Paul Meger (career highs 24G, 42pts.)

And in 4 games they scored 2 goals against the Red Wings.

Howe et al almost outcored opponents 5 to 1 in the playoffs, averaging 3.000 GFPG, and 0.625 GAPG. They also had 100 points in 70 games, and their goal differential is 9 less than the 56 Habs. They probably have a good shot at best non-Long Island US-based team, if nothing else.
Hey, I mentioned the 52 Wings

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Bah, forgot them.

Hey everyone, let's all name the best non-06, non-Canadian, and non-Long Island team in NHL history.
'91 Pens

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11-13-2011, 06:56 PM
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80-81 New York Islanders if were strictly going by NHL and not International teams.

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80-81 New York Islanders if were strictly going by NHL and not International teams.
Just curious, but why 81 over 82? I never liked them as the best NYI team because with the system in place at the time, they got to play playoff teams that were 16th, 14th, 13th and in the Finals, 8th seeds. Also they won less games, scored fewer goals and allowed more goals compared to NYI 82.

So why 81 and not 82?

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Back then..... Edmonton and Detroit. 'Nuff said.

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