saveourpens wrote:Hopefully this leads to Ovechkin cooling down a bit.
Cooling down a bit is one thing, because of being injured is something none of us wishes on an opposing player.
I noticed that Crosby has scored in 40 of 52 games, including streaks of 6, 10 and and 8 games AO by comparison had 8, 6 and 8 as his longest streaks, and had scored in 40 of 50 games played. Fairly similar production and consistency from both.
Being in the DC market, we get AO shoved down our throat. I've seen both in person, and if we didn't have Crosby, we'd be happy to have AO. But this AM, a local radio station had Father Ted (Leonsis) complaining that AO was too physical and had a penchant for taking risks. I don't know if I buy that, but seeing as this injury has surfaced, perhaps it was owner's fear of what happens when his star gets hurt. What grates me down here is that type of owner, who knows little about the nature of hockey, but stuffs it back in your face. We hate the Caps with a passion, long before Leonsis took over, but I fear this guy could drive the team so far into the ground that the franchise goes poof. What on earth would we do if there were no craps to hate? (and two road games a year, used to be three, to pack the opposing house)
Given a choice of the two, for me, Crosby wins out. Sure, he gets as much or more coverage in the Burgh than even AO does in DC. But the head-to-head games, where Ovechkin has struggled against a poor defensive team have struck me most. Crosby hasn't exactly been competing for the Lady Bing, but he has been learning from his earlier gaffes/yapping. The game last wednesday, aside from having a single specatular play by AO, also saw him commit the penalty that resulted in Malone's penalty shot.
Besides, I think a healthy AO giving Crosby competition is good for Crobsy's development. If Crosby doesn't catch AO, so be it. I can even see the calgary defenseman getting it over the both of them, but unless AO misses extended time, I'd say there's an 80% chance he holds Sid off and wins the Calder. Sid will finish with more assists in all likelihood. The other variable is the way the teams are playing around them -- if either team puts together a solid run of wins, that would in all likelihood increase either's chances of scoring.
I think the current gap alone could be closed in the two head-to-head games remaining, but I could see a case where crobsy finishes with more points, but AO wins Calder on the sheer number of goals.