Originally Posted by dyzfunctioned
So comparing ideal year vs. ideal year (even though I'd argue Price could put up better numbers than his best year to date while I'd never expect Fleury to clear .920), Price handily wins in SV%, GAA is virtually equal, Price wins SO handily.
Dude I'm usually in agreement with you, but you're completely out to lunch on this one...
First of all, it makes NO SENSE to compare ideal year vs. ideal year... Let's look at the reality of it TODAY. Pittsburgh has arguably the strongest team in the league with the best player in the world apparently healthy and ready to go. Montreal on the other hand will arguably be one of the shittiest teams in the league. Flower is in a MUCH better position to succeed than Price going forward. Taking this into account, the realistic way to look at this, based on your scenarios, would be good year for Fleury vs bad year for Price.
Your assessment of Fleury also makes no sense and is clearly biased... Fleury had 42 wins last year, and you're suggesting his best case scenario is 35 wins? How does that math work? And why wouldn't you EVER expect him to clear .920? He hit .921 in 2008 and hit .918 just two seasons ago... you make it sound like as if .920 is out of the realm of possibility or something. I think GAA and SV% will be close... but Price doesn't win shit "Handily".
And how can you confidently state Price will win such a random stat like SO "handily"? In the "Good Price" scenario, you claim Price wins SO "handily"... yet in the "Good Fleury" scenario... then SO's are suddenly "unreliable"??? So which one is it? You're starting to sound like Romney. Other than his one year where he had 8 shutouts, the rest of his career he's fluctuated between 1-4 SO... just like Flower.
Take off the rose-coloured glasses my friend...