Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:45 AM
Why would brunner play the point?
And how do you figure the devs were lucky to finish 6th 2 years ago? That sounds like something the ny post or espn would say. They had an underrated team and brodeur was solid in the regular season and very good in the playoffs.
Devils went 12-4 in the shootout that year. If one wants to argue that shootouts are based 100% on luck, then I guess one could rule that the Devils could have just as easily gone 4-12 in such games...but they had a guy who had suddenly become an automatic in Kovy, and a couple of other guys who had always been very good in shootouts in Parise and Elias. And Brodeur has always played well in them too, so I can't really make a case for the Devils being much worse than 8-8 in the shootout that year with bad luck. And the teams behind them finished 10 points back. So even with a little worse luck, Devils probably still would've been sixth.
I've pointed it out before, but over Brodeur's last 50 or so games (regular season and playoffs combined) in 2011-12, he put up a save% in the low .920s. Before that stretch, he was pretty shaky...November (.886), December (.899) and January (.897) were all pretty bad...compare that with January (.924), March/April (.921) and the playoffs (.917...was .922 until that Game 6 SC Finals trainwreck game). He was really two goalies that year...one that looked like he might be finished, and one that suddenly had something left...seemingly out of nowhere.
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