Good pole. I really don't know, I think it would go 7 games. I'd take NA D pairings. Worlds goalies, Lundqvist/Rhinne/Kari would pose a tremendous challenge. I think the forwards are tied. It would really come down to chemistry. I would take NA's 1st and 4th line and World's 2nd and 3rd.
Kovalchuk - Malkin - Gaborik (2 40 goal wingers plus reigning MVP and Art Ross)
Ovechkin - Datsyuk - Semin (showed a lot of chemistry in WC)
Sedin - Sedin - Hossa (just a great line)
Zetterberg - Backstrom - Eriksson (i'm sure 3 swedes will find a chemistry)
I'll take North America, World's advantage in goal is really being overrated in this thread. You only need one goalie for a series and Jonathan Quick was the best goalie in the world last year with playoffs included. Better defense for North America and the forwards are damn good at both ends of the ice.
That first line would score a crazy amount of goals. The second line could also produce like crazy. The third line would be pretty much impossible to score against. The two thirteenth forwards I included could be switched out with Eberle.
Boom. Top two already have unreal chemistry, we know how good both can be. Same with the second pair. 5th, 6th, and 7th are all interchangeable.
Quick in net, backups don't really matter.
Perry-Spezza-Tavares (Spezza only centre to take the face-off, then goes back to the wing)
Quality of Competition = 1st on his team
Relative Corsi = 5.6
+/- On the ice per 60 min = 0.73; Team +/- Off the ice per 60 min = 0.47; Difference = 0.26
I'm still very new to these advanced stats, and I'm mainly just curious to see how the whole blues roster shakes out with the stats that you provided. Is there a website that you get all of this info from or do you compile things yourself? Sorry for hijacking the thread, but if you have access, could you PM or post the same stats for the rest of the blues roster, if that info is even available? Thanks!