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Will Bobrovsky Have Another ‘Career’ Year?

from Paul Grant of ESPN,

Short-season mojo: Bobrovsky stood tall against the barrage long enough that he outlasted a lame-duck GM (who brought him in, but, still) who was replaced by a forward-thinker who put some decent players on the ice. All told in 38 games, Bobrovsky finished second in the NHL with a .932 save percentage and fifth with a 2.00 goals-against average. He went 21-11-6 and won the Vezina Trophy. Not a bad rebound, huh? The Blue Jackets narrowly missed the playoffs, but Bobrovsky established himself as a stopper to be reckoned with. 

Why it will be tough to repeat: Or did he? We're turning it up a notch here, people, in 2013-14. Ready? Here goes: the Blue Jackets are now in the Metrosexual or something Division, which includes the Flyers (whoops!), Penguins and Capitals, the latter two teams that have a tad more offense than the Nashville Predators.

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LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Here goes: the Blue Jackets are now in the Metrosexual or something Division, which includes the Flyers (whoops!), Penguins and Capitals, the latter two teams that have a tad more offense than the Nashville Predators.

This assessment is absurd.  He also had to play the Red Wings and the Blackhawks in his division last year, and that’s no longer the case.  Add that to the re-balancing of the schedules so every team plays at every arena, and it’s impossible to judge that BubRubbSki has a significantly harder schedule than anyone else.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 07/22/13 at 10:14 AM ET

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He also had to play the Red Wings

Did you watch the same red wings team that I did?  The one that had a hard time scoring more than a goal a gain for long stretches last season?

Posted by Garth on 07/22/13 at 04:07 PM ET

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Did you watch the same red wings team that I did?  The one that had a hard time scoring more than a goal a gain for long stretches last season?

Posted by Garth on 07/22/13 at 05:07 PM ET

Are you reading the same article I did where it says the goalie has no chance to repeat a stellar year because the schedule has him facing teams that scored more last year?  No Eastern Conference team played any Western Conference team until the Stanley Cup finals.  Is it really the case that everyone in the East that they’re comparing here was better at scoring (Pitt and Washington were 1 and 3 while Chicago was 2) or is it a case where the overall defense in the Western Conference was better than in the East?  With no common opponents, it’s absurd to claim that the schedule will make Sergei have a worse year.  His much simpler argument that is most likely to hold true is “he was the best this year, but it will be hard to be better than 29 other starting goalies two years in a row”.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 07/22/13 at 04:43 PM ET

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