RxBandit66 wrote:I'm more concerned with the fact that when Sid is in the lineup, Geno is a mopey point-per-game player who struggles to score goals. Why he dominates the league in Sid's absence is beyond me.
Old argument, not true and easily countered.
Sid played the majority (53) of regular season games when Geno got 106 points his second year 07-08.
Sid played 77 games and all of the playoffs Geno's third year 08-09 when he scored 113 points, was snubbed of the Hart but got the Conn Smyth after putting up the fourth most points in a playoffs by anyone ever in history. That while centering Fedotenko and Talbot. And no, Kronwall and Rafalski weren't scrums to face while Sid was shut down by Lidstrom and Zetterberg (and matchups can't be executed perfectly for full games and series). Another funny story that spring was how everyone was all over him after one less great game vs the Caps. Yes, he was even (slightly of course) bettar that season than last year. Alot of people was quick to say "best Geno's ever been" last year but that's just not true.
meecrofilm wrote:Geno's PPG average last year was higher when Sid returned.
There's so much confusion on this. A Swedish hockey profile said during the WC's last year that Geno's scoring that year was even more impressive as it was without Sid. How he this time did it with less support. At the time I felt like Apu when Homer sais he's off the the civil war re-enactment to shoot some indians, to which he replies "I don't know what part of that sentence to correct first."
1: Geno doesn't play with Sid very often (save on the PP but that was weirdly better off without Sid)
2: He has been known for great play with Sid out (though, as just proved, it's a myth it's just those times he's been great)
3: He had better (by a mile) support in 11/12 than in 08/09, playing with Kunitz and Neal instead of Talbot and Fedotenko
Not saying anyone here has said what that Swedish TV profile did, but it came to mind.