09 January 2008
The Eastern Starters are : In the East Sidney (duh), Lecavalier, and Alfredsson get the nod. Let's see if the fans did a good job voting?
So here's the Eastern Conference OIE leaders so far:
|Martin St. Louis||0.79||0.26||756:13||30|
From just this list you could make a strong, very strong, case for an All Senator-front line. Alfredsson is a full .3 above the next highest RW (Pominville), so Alfredsson is pretty much set at RW. On the Left Spezza is having a fantastic year, with challenges from only Kovalchuck and Ovechkin, but they are still .11 and .21 back. Yet somehow Lecavalier and Crosby, both centers and neither having as good a season as Spezza, at even strength anyways are getting the nod. Spezza does yield the Goal OIE so let's see if the Penalty +/- helps Sids or Vinney's case at all.
Yes Crosby leads the league in Penalty +/- (many will say he gets the superstar treatment.. it's hard to argue this when the next closest player is a full +5 behind him), but the +27 can't be ignored. That, along with the better goal OIE would push him over Spezza and Lecavalier in my book:
Eastern Forwards: Should have been Heatly, Crosby, Alfredsson. Overall not bad but could have been a touch better
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