Thursday, March 22, 2007

Best Team Defence

Over the course of the season, several teams have been the league leaders in goals against. These have included Detroit and Dallas. The current leader is another team that has had a very good team defence, especially in the stretch run. It is the Minnesota Wild.

This is a team that has allowed 2.36 goals per game (a league leading figure) and has done this without any bonafide all stars on their defence (I do not recall seeing Kim Johnsson, Brent Burns and Keith Carney on too many all star teams). They have done this with a very good defensive system brought by should be coach of the year Jacques Lemaire. Nobody can successfully implement a system of play on his team as well as Lemaire.

Minnesota is a team that could surprise in the playoffs. In the tough west conference, there are no easy opponents, even current eighth seed Calgary could go on a run and win the cup. It will make playoff predictions hard.

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