Thursday, April 20, 2006

The reason why Ottawa will steamroll Tampa Bay

Because these defencemen:

Player GP G A P +/- PIM
Ottawa
ZDENO CHARA 71 16 27 43 17 135
WADE REDDEN 65 10 40 50 35 63
CHRIS PHILLIPS 69 1 18 19 19 90
ANDREJ MESZAROS 82 10 29 39 34 61
ANTON VOLCHENKOV 75 4 13 17 21 53
BRIAN POTHIER 77 5 30 35 29 59
Tampa Bay

DAN BOYLE 79 15 38 53 -8 38
PAVEL KUBINA 76 5 33 38 -12 96
DARRYL SYDOR 80 4 19 23 -18 30
CORY SARICH 82 1 14 15 -2 79
NOLAN PRATT 82 0 9 9 7 60
PAUL RANGER 76 1 17 18 5 58


Face these lines:

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Chris Kelly Jason Spezza Dany Heatley
Peter Schaefer Mike Fisher Martin Havlat
Patrick Eaves Bryan Smolinski Daniel Alfredsson
Vaclav Varada Antoine Vermette Chris Neil

Fredrik Modin Brad Richards Martin St. Louis
Vaclav Prospal Vincent Lecavalier Ruslan Fedotenko
Evgeny Artyukhin Tim Taylor Ryan Craig
Dimitry Afanasenkov Martin Cibak Rob DiMaio


Tampa Bay can simply not match up against Ottawa. The Senators can put out Chara/Phillips and Redden/Meszaros tandems against the Tampa top two lines leaving them with the top point getters on the 3rd and 4th lines - 28pts (Craig) and 17pts (Artyukhin).

So, unless Ottawa takes a ton of stupid penalties, AND the 23rd rank PP can suddenly utilize the talent they have, AND the 4th ranked PK team tanks it, this is going to be a short series.

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