January 7th, 2014, 01:24 AM #21
Not really that crazy. I give all the credit in the world to the Ducks. If anything, I've been praising them while all the other Kings fan insist that they'll falter due to blind hate. They're winning their games left and right and they are freaking clutch (they have been all year long). What I'm saying is that if the Kings defeated teams they have no business losing to (standings wise) such as the Flames, Stars, Rangers, and even Predators... they would be right up there with the Ducks.
Originally Posted by DoubleAgent
But to answer your question as to whether or not a team can sustain the amount of success just look at the Ducks, Hawks, and Sharks. While it's not likely (or normal for that matter), it just feels different in today's NHL. If anything, to me, it feels achievable. Yeah I know it sounds insane, but it is what it is. That's not to say that what the Kings have been doing isn't great at all. 26-13-4? I'll take that any day of the week. But my initial reply was my reasoning as why a team like like Stars can't beat a team like the Islanders.
Normally a team will have a great shot at making the playoffs if they get over 90 points in a season. But with the rate everyone is going, like you said, we just have to hope the Kings keep up the pace. At this rate, they know they'll need 105+ points to make the playoffs.
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January 8th, 2014, 11:05 AM #22
A statistical note on the Ducks:
Last year they were pretty bad possession wise. They were the large anomaly in the possession to record correlation. This year, they have vastly improved, currently 8th.
Along with a league top shooting% (11.1%) they have a top 10 save percentage. (even strength, score close)
(As opposed to the Kings at 5.1 shooting% (2nd to last) and 944 save%(first overall))
The Ducks won't/shouldn't maintain their pace, (1040 pdo), but the Ducks are much better this year than last.
January 8th, 2014, 08:18 PM #23
Lovin' the Bernier "highlights" from last night.
January 8th, 2014, 08:22 PM #24
The NYR beat Chicago.
How that happen?
January 8th, 2014, 08:46 PM #25
Lundqvist is back!
Originally Posted by Bogey
January 8th, 2014, 08:59 PM #26
On an average defensive team, Bernier is an average goalie. 13-13-4 is a losing record.
Originally Posted by Bogey
January 8th, 2014, 10:56 PM #27
Tor is a (much) worse than an average defensive team.
.934 ess% is still good enough for 8th overall.
January 8th, 2014, 11:20 PM #28
Tonight in the NHL...
T'ronto's defense I really bad... And Phaneuf is having a strong year.
January 8th, 2014, 11:37 PM #29
He has contributed more than his fair share of softies. Save % at .926 and still dropping. GAA steadily rising.
Originally Posted by aaron
Too small. Not strong enough. Positioning is only one facet of goaltending.
January 9th, 2014, 07:07 AM #30