The '93 team was a true TEAM not unlike the TEAM we have today in 2010, minus Sergei Kostsitsyn, if you know what I mean...and it had a great goaltender...but I'm afraid that's where the similarities end.
1. The '93 team was a well balanced and mobile team of finesse AND power with a good depth all around.
2. Power was provided by #11 Captain Kirk scoring 'heroic goals at heroic times' by bull dozing his way through, not around, but through, opposing d-men and stuffing it in by the goalie... and the emergence of #17 John LeClair as a power forward.
This year's team is missing this critical element...the ability to almost WILL a goal in at critical time through sheer brute strengh...Gionta is great but physically too small and weak to do this...now only if Andrei K. would use that tank of a body like Muller used to...sigh...
3. Finesse came from #25 Vinny Damphousse and #23 Brian Bellows who incidently played with cracked ribs...I mean if the softest guy on the team does this, that says ALOT. The current team doesn't have such higher end players...maybe Plek or Cammy or Gomez but all 3 are close in talent but not quite esp. since they lack the size, reach and creativity...but Benny P. really can be and has to step up and be the vincent Damphousse and more THIS year if CH wants the cup...they all have to score more too and continue their great work.
4. '93 had #21 Carbo to block shots...the whole team is doing that so good but he , #12 Mike Keane and #47 Stephan 'The Shadow' LeBeau shut down super stars like Joe Sakic, Pat LaFontain and Wayne Gretzky...a tall order for Miracle Max Lappierre, Tom Pyatt and Moore.
5. #?? (anyone remember) DiPietro, Paul, not Rick and #45 Gilbert Dionne provided youthful exuberance, spark and timely goal scoring...maybe Gionta and Gomez as well as Metro, Moen, Miracle Max, Pyatt and Moore all have to score more.
6. '93 also had a young but very dynamic D corp that was mobile, dependable and hard to play against...a young #27 Mathieu Scheider provided the physical edge and sand paper with his partner #24 Lyle Odelein. Playing similar in style to a young Chelios, Scheider went even further and also provided the booming shot from the point on PP and carried the play up ice and controlled the tempo of the game...which is WAY too much to ask of MAB aside from the shot. Markov and Subban will have to step up to make like Scheider and #28 Eric Desjardins combined and also score more goals...more offence has to come from defence to be successful. Desjardins scored alot of VERY important goals that spring.
7. Hammerlik and/or Spacek/Subban has to be at least as good as #43 Patrice Brisbois who was good on 2nd PP and mistake free. Jorges, Spacek, O'B and Gilzilla need to keep doing what they've been doing which have been better than what #48 Jean Jacques Daignault and #?? Kevin Haller were doing...even if the latter 2 are slower, they've more than made up for it with their physical play and shot blocking.
8. CH had that masked man, St. Patrick who had already almost single handedly won a Cup in '86 and was already a legend by then. He wasn't a saint yet but he became one the following year when he beat Boston in a crucial playoff game hours after his appendix surgery. Halak, in his first real Stanley Cup playoffs, has to remain stellar throughout the next 12 more wins to have any chance.
As you can see it's gonna take a minor to mid-sized miracle for CH to win the Lord Stanley's Mug this year...so start praying for that miracle now.