I think the slight drop in scoring can largely be the result of missing Koivu for the 1st 13 games and the subsequent 5 scoreless games he played after returning. From our 19th game until now Koivu has averaged a point per game and it is my opinion that we would quite likeley be slightly ahead of last years scoring pace with a healthy Koivu from day 1.
I think a potentail 54 goal upgrade on the defensive side of things is quite impressive.
Gotta hand it to Julien for bringing in a system which best suits his assets, and to Theodore for bouncing back into all star form. Also having Souray playing every night instead of Traverse and/or Dyhkuis and an improved Brisebois helps.