Coming down the stretch the Bolts now have given up 198 goals and have scored 298 for exactly a plus 100 goal differential. Absolutely outstanding. Last year the league leader was (again) the Bolts with a very good plus 60.
To put it in perspective, the great Oilers teams under Gertzky used to do that on a regular basis, the Wings in 1996 were plus 144, the Canadiens dynasty under Lafleur and Dryden were plus 100 every year, and in 1976-77 they scored 387 and gave up 171 for a ridi
Realized this stat yesterday as I was looking over some post game stuff.
Really is remarkable and ridiculous at the same time.
And to think, I always felt the Tampa Bay defense was "good", just not "great", because I do see that they tend, on more than a few occasions, give up quality scoring chances to the opposition.
I still feel the TB defense can be exploited under the right conditions (and a team with the right strategy and/or playstyle), however, what a difference having goalies (bo