Been saying it since January that this team is better. They have that extra little something special that the previous teams lacked. Maybe not as talented top to bottom, although with the deadline additions and Radulov they might be, but this team has more "want to" if you will. Other than last week (EDM/PIT) they've never been out of a game, and all those 3rd period comebacks prove that they will keep working and never give up on a game.
This year our talent depth is better with two way players than 2007 was. 06-07 were probably better offensively at least during the regular season. But both in 05-06 and 06-07 the offense didn't translate well to the playoffs.
This years Preds don't have a Kariya. Perhaps Radulov can be that guy we will see.
2012 forward depth and balance is much better than 2007. 2007 might have been more offensively productive but that team lacked guys like Spaling,Gaustad etc. to play the PK and shut teams down.
The defense this year is better playoff equipped as well. 2007 defense was sexy on paper but it really lacked a guy like Hal Gill. The 2007 team could have used a Gill badly. Weber and Suter were still green then and while Kimmo,Zids and Hammer were good it just wasn't a balanced Defense.
This team is much more balanced. Let's see what happens.
2007's "leaders" we're heartless scarecrows like Arnott and Kariya.
This is the best "team" from top to bottom tha we've ever had. People look at the point total and think one thing, but those that watched all of the games could tell you that more often than not, we'd use a timely goal to win a game we had no business winning.
I think its impossible to say this team has more of "blah, blah".. im looking at talent alone and its not close imo. I do agree pf24.. this team is more suited for a playoff run with our line up but I thought the same thing in 07.. so who knows
just wasn't a balanced Defense.
Goalie play is very unpredictable. See Rinne's recent stretch.
A guy like Thomas caught fire last year at the right time and propelled the Bruins to the cup. But just as easily, goalie can get cold. Rinne has been decent in the playoffs, but is still largely unproven.
Kariya was great during the regular season but didn't show up for the playoffs.
Sullivan was injured and did not dress at all for the playoffs.
Erat was hurt in the 3rd game and did not play the last 2 games.
Radulov got suspended for a game.
I think the top 6 that year of Arnott, Dumont, Kariya, Legwand, Erat, Hartnell, were probably better than our current top 6 offensively, but are not as good 2 way players as our current top 6.
However, our current bottom 6 if they get healthy, Wilson, AK, Gaustad, Smith, Bourque, Halishuk, Yip, Spaling is light years beyond that 07 team.
Defensively, I think our top pairing is better than the top pairing that year, after that though, it gets close.
Goaltending is a wash, both goalies were great when they were hot, bad when they weren't.