Thursday, April 30, 2009
1. Offensive Machines
Here's one of the obvious comparisons; Green and Gonchar. Both run the powerplay, both have great point shots, both create quick breakouts, and both play high minutes. Pens fans will say Gonch is more responsible in his own end, Caps fans will say Green is no slouch either. Can you statistically measure that? I can't, but the Online Sports Betting people might be able to. Gonchar was a +6 (in only 25 games), while Green was a +24 (in 68 games), so take that for what it's worth. Where they differ? Green is more apt to carry into the zone, while Gonchar will dump it in. But seriously, these guys are uniquely similar.
These two giants are stalwarts in front of their own nets. Why? Well, because they're both too slow to move anywhere on the side wall, zing! But seriously, these guys rarely get out of position, play the body, and do a good job clearing out the crease. They definitely aren't the quickest fillies in the race, but good positioning and active sticks can make up for that.
3. The Other Offensive Guy
Tom Poti and Kris Letang play very similar games, both run a secondary powerplay, both join the rush, and both execute a solid, but not great, breakout. They both have been known as liabilities in their own end, but both are proficient enough to make plays.
4. Steady As She Goes
Has there been a more dependable defensive player for the Pens than Rob Scuderi all season? Has there been a defensemen that you didn't notice on the ice (because he wasn't screwing up) more for the Caps than Shaone Morrisonn? Maybe, but you catch my drift. Both these guys lay down in front of shots, play the wall hard, and are generally dependable in their own end. What more can you ask? Pens fans absolutely love the Scud Missile, don't know if I can say Caps fans have the same affection for Morrisonn, perhaps they should.
Brian Pothier just came off the IR, he was out 14 months with a concussion. Mark Eaton played 68 games this year, only 3 less than the prior 2 seasons, combined. These guys can both pitch in and both are steady. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, they get beat up.
Now here's the conundrum. Who would you rather have? To me, it's really a toss up. Is Pothier healthy? Which Letang shows up? Is Mike Green still hurt/sick? Is Eaton dependable enough right now? Lot's of questions dot both blue lines, looks like we'll find out on Saturday.