Steel wool mice are not as well known to the general public as steel, but the NHL’s top scorers in the league are all from the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, Rangers, Capitals and Blackhawks have all been dominant for the last three years, and now it’s time to take a look at which team has been the best all-around team for the past five seasons.
For the purpose of this article, we’re not only looking at scoring totals and wins, but also the quality of the defense.
In other words, we are looking at defense-only stats like Corsi and Fenwick, and not offense-only metrics like Goals Against and Shots Against.
We know that the Capitals have been one of the best teams in the Eastern conference over the past three seasons, but it was not always that way.
The team was a complete disaster in 2009-10, and was a team with so many weaknesses in its defensive zone that it actually played worse in the playoffs.
The Capitals won only two of their final 13 games to lose the Cup to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.
In the postseason, the team made it to the Conference Finals, but was swept in five games by the eventual Stanley Cup champions.
It was a terrible team, but one that didn’t have much offensive talent either.
It was the same thing last season.
The Penguins made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Capitals finished third.
It wasn’t even close.
While they had some offensive talent, they weren’t nearly as good defensively.
The Caps were the only team in the East to have a positive Corsi for percentage.
The Flyers were also the only one to rank in the top 10 in both points and goals for percentage, while the Capitals ranked fourth.
This is a team that struggled to find a way to score, which led to a defensive breakdown.
The top four defensemen in the League were injured or were not performing as well as they did a year ago, and they struggled to produce even on the power play.
The bottom line is that the defense was a mess last season, and that’s why the Penguins had the worst record in the West.
While the Capitals were the most consistent team in hockey last season thanks to the offensive firepower they possessed, they struggled defensively and their offense was not nearly as potent.
They had a great defensive game plan, but they couldn’t stop a talented offensive team like the Pittsburgh Pirates.
That team had more firepower than the Capitals, and it also had the power of the Pittsburgh offense to overwhelm them.
The Caps defense was not great last season and they had a poor season overall, but this was the first time in the last five years that they were a completely different team than they were last season after the trade deadline.
The defensive issues are more of an issue now than they ever have been.
The Capitals’ offense wasn’t the only thing that struggled last season with the goaltending issues.
It also took a hit on the penalty kill.
It took a lot of penalties and shots to make up for the penalty killers.
That could have helped them win games, but you also have to remember that the Penguins offense was better in the offensive zone.
The Pens offense was so good last season that the Caps scored just 31 goals on the year.
That number dropped to 23 goals in the postseason.
It’s not just the penalty killing, either.
The penalty kill was horrible, as well.
The Pens penalty kill scored just four goals in 20 games.
The Rangers were one of only four teams that finished the regular season with a positive offensive zone start percentage, but that was due to their goaltending.
It looked like the Rangers were a complete mess in the first three rounds, but as we know from last year, that was not the case.
They were a great offensive team last season as well, but when it came to defending, they were terrible.
Their top-six forward, Mats Zuccarello, had just three goals in his first three playoff games.
It didn’t look good for the Rangers last year.
The Flyers defense, while great, was not a complete strength last season either.
Their defensive play was terrible last season too, as evidenced by the top-three defensive defenseman, Matt Read.
Their penalty kill struggled as well too, and while they were very strong in the second round, they finished with a minus-12 goal differential.
The biggest question mark on the Flyers defense was goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
The veteran was a huge question mark in the 2015 playoffs and he missed a lot last year due to injury.
He was also dealing with a shoulder injury, so the Flyers were not able to keep him healthy.
The problem is, it was also his second year in the big league.
He’s only 25, and he’s got some time to adjust.
He could be a big asset to the Flyers if he can stay healthy.
The top-four forward in the Flyers’ lineup, Brandon