DeNiro, on 16 July 2012 - 07:42 PM, said:
Third in the division because the rest of their division was so average during the regular season. They benefited from a weak division just like the Canucks did. And 97 points for a 3rd seed is nothing to brag about.
The fact is, they owe their entire season to Mike Smith, period. They just had a great run with a great goaltender, much like the Canucks of 06/07.
Best defense in the conference? Really? I hope you're joking. Chicago, Detroit, LA, Nashville, Vancouver, and San Jose all have better D-cores. Really not sure what you're talking about.
And they just let go of Ray Whitney and Adrian Aucoin, who were both huge parts of their team, not only for their veteran leadership, but the 77 points that Whitney put up this season. As it stands right now, they're a much worse team then they were last season. Plus LA and San Jose, and even Dallas will be much better teams next season. So I wouldn't expect another Cinderella run from them.
Keith Yandle, Zbynek Michalek, Rusty Klesla, Derek Morris, OEL, and Michal Rozival say hi. Now that Nashville lost Suter, they have the best defense in the West. All of those players are top-4 guys. I would take their D-men over ours in a HEARTBEAT!
You got your OFD's with Yandle and OEL and your DFD's with Klesla, Morris and Rozival. Perfect balance.
San Jose only really have an aging Dan Boyle, an overpaid Burns and umm.... Marc Edward Vlasic.... I guess LMFAO.
The Canuck are close, but the Coyotes get the edge because we only really have one DFD with Hamhuis. The rest couldn't defend if their lives depended on it.
Btw, you can also say the Canucks made the playoffs this year because of our goaltending because we were mediocre the whole year and the Schneids and Luongo had to bail us out numerous occasions. We're no better than Phoenix and you can't prove otherwise (regular season success means nothing).
Edited by 6OH!4, 16 July 2012 - 08:12 PM.