June 01 2012 10:30AM
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Even though the Devils are the higher seeded team in this series, the general consensus among most hockey minds is that the Kings are the better team and one of the reasons is because they have a stronger defense corps. That advantage showed in a big way in Game 1. Both teams have pretty dangerous top lines but the Kings can match up against the Parise line with their fantastic defense pairing of Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi. The Devils do not have a defense pairing that is nearly as good to match against the Kopitar line and that ended up being one of the reasons they lost Game 1.
May 31 2012 07:28PM
As Eric noted yesterday, Martin Brodeur's true talent may not be captured by his save percentage, since the home scorer in New Jersey probably did not count shots as effectively. Brodeur faced much fewer shots against in Jersey and had a lower save percentage. But his goals against was also much lower as well, leading me to believe that the Devils ought to have played better at home, but on the surface, Brodeur didn't.
May 31 2012 12:39PM
Today the Nation Network would like to announce the winner of the NHLNumbers logo contest - Entry "D" by Gregg Beever. Gregg is a graphic designer and webmaster by trade, but he also publishes a web comic called Inglorious Hipsters, which you should definitely check out. Follow Gregg on twitter here as well.
May 30 2012 04:31PM
With Martin Brodeur headed to the Stanley Cup Finals yet again, the discussion about how to evaluate his career has been renewed recently.
Those on the statistical analysis end of the spectrum tend to point to his good-but-not-great save percentages and argue that Brodeur was never a dominant performer, but his longevity is remarkable.
May 30 2012 12:14PM
The Norris Trophy is awarded every year to the defenseman who "demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position", but how can you truly separate a defenseman from his regular partner? The model adopted by the William Jennings trophy, which is handed out to both goalies despite the fact that you truly can separate their performances, is the one I prefer.
But which defensive pairing was last year's best, and how can that be determined?