So if this team is almost the same from last season why would they have a better chance at winning the cup ?
- All things being equal, I think you could play that Bruins-Hawks series 10 times and they'd split it equally. I don't know that they need a better chance, but I would say they're not missing something to have as good a chance as anyone in the league. And if you want them to get better, then it becomes a question of in what area and at what cost, because it's not like you can pick up Stamkos on waivers and then play with 13 forwards - changing the lineup means subtracting players and/or changing players' roles.
There's a risk in trying to pursue "better", and that means you need to know how your improvement will affect your results. Scoring more goals isn't going to ensure that you get timely goals. Some players score a lot and at key moments - right now, Kane and Crosby come to mind. But what people seem to really want is Claude Lemieux. Todd Marchant. The Maltby/Draper/McCarty trifecta. Last year, Slava Voynov. Let's remember that it wasn't Kane or Toews who tied game six or buried the dagger - it was Brian Bickell (if you blinked on Sunday, you may have missed his shifte) and Dave Bolland. More goals does not = timely goals. If it did, maybe Ovechkin would have a Cup appearance to go with his individual trophies. Instead of a Stamkos or Ovechkin, the Bruins had two guys in Bergeron and Horton who have scored more game seven clinchers than anyone else, and even with Horton gone, they still have Bergeron and his running mate Marchand.
Regular season stats can only take you so far in this discussion , they’re fine and dandy but what do they do for you in the playoffs besides give you home ice (seeding) ? Regular season stats vs playoffs is just like a players +/- stat .
- True, but the purpose of bringing up to current stats for the team is to measure how the Bruins are doing relative to the rest of the league. They're right there with the big boys despite icing half of their farm team some nights. More, though, what I was hoping people might do is tell me how they think improving some of those numbers would actually make the Bruins chances of winning a cup better.
Conclusion BookBoy, you’re 100% confident this team (with a Seidenberg replacement) can repeat last year’s playoffs and win this time ?
- No, because, well crack is whack and we're talking about the NHL playoffs. If they play Ottawa in the first round and Paul MacLean decides to go all Dale Hunter, it's always possible things don't go well. Look at the Pens. I'm guessing they were pretty confident they weren't going to get absolutely neutered by the Bruins (2 goals in 4 games isn't defeat, it's mass immasculation). They got all the upgrade guys they wanted. Would you have said they needed more scoring? All I'm saying is that I don't think the Bruins need something. They don't lack something. They have all the ingredients, but, like every playoff year I've ever seen at any level of hockey, they need to be more than the sum of their parts to win a championship. The team that does this best, wins. The teams that don't can have the best parts by a country mile and still go home empty.
If they do nothing, I will watch every playoff game and believe that if they play the way they're capable of playing, they can beat any team in the NHL 4 of 7 nights. And that's all they need.