Penguins-Red Wings: Comparing the '07-08 Penguins with This Year's Model

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Penguins-Red Wings: Comparing the '07-08 Penguins with This Year's Model
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Obviously the 2008-2009 Pittsburgh Penguins are a much different team than last year's. 

The Pens have a much different roster, and a new head coach. 

At the beginning of the season, some said this team was weaker than last year's.  You could make a fair argument up until the trade deadline of this year, when the Pens brought in three former Stanley Cup winners. 

Around that same time, they also brought in a new coach with a new attitude that the players seemed to respect. 

In honor of a 2008 Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Red Wings and Penguins, let's compare the 2007-08 Penguins with the 2008-09 Penguins.

Note, the following information is mainly statistics—it's hard to make visual comparrisions with intangible data.

Management -- Ray Shero

Last Season:

Signed Darryl Sydor, Dany Sabourin, Petr Sykora, Jeff Taffe, Ty Conklin, and Adam Hall.

Acquired Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis from Atlanta for Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, Colby Armstrong, and a 2008 first-round pick.

Acquired Hal Gill from Toronto for second- and fifth-round picks.

 

This Season:

Signed Eric Godard, Ruslan Fedotenko, Miroslav Satan, and Matt Cooke.

Acquired center Mike Zigomanis from Phoenix.

Acquired goaltender Mathieu Garon from Edmonton for Dany Sabourin, Ryan Stone, and a 2011 fourth-round pick.

Fired Michel Therrien and named Dan Bylsma interim coach.

Acquired Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi from Anaheim for Ryan Whitney.

Claimed Craig Adams off waivers from Chicago.

Acquired Bill Guerin from New York.

* Not mentioned are re-signings and callups.

Coaching

Last Season:

Michel Therrien

47-27-8; 102 points.

Second place in Eastern Conference.

14-6 in playoffs.

 

This Season:

Michel Therrien

27-25-5; 59 points.

Dan Bylsma

18-3-4; 40 points.

Fourth place in Eastern Conference.

12-5 in playoffs (through three series).

Offense

Last Season:

Line One

Pascal Dupuis, R: 12 points in 16 games with Pens; P: 7 in 20

Sidney Crosby, R: 72 in 63; P: 27 in 20

Marian Hossa, R: 10 in 12 with Pens; P: 26 in 20

Line Two

Ryan Malone, R: 51 in 77; P: 16 in 20

Evgeni Malkin, R: 106 in 82; P: 22 in 20

Petr Sykora, R: 63 in 81; P: 9 in 20

Line Three

Jarkko Ruutu, R:16 in 71; P: 3 in 20

Jordan Staal, R:28 in 82; P: 7 in 20

Tyler Kennedy, R: 19 in 55; P: 4 in 20

Line Four

Adam Hall, R: 6 in 46; P: 4 in 17

Maxime Talbot, R: 26 in 63; P: 9 in 17

Georges Laraque, R: 13 in 71; P: 3 in 15

Defensive Pairing One

Brooks Orpik, R:11 in 78; P: 2 in 20

Sergei Gonchar, R: 53 in 78; P: 14 in 20

Defensive Pairing Two

Ryan Whitney, R: 40 in 76; P: 6 in 20

Kris Letang, R: 17 in 63; P: 2 in 16

Defensive Pairing Three

Hal Gill, R: 4 in 18 with Pens; P: 1 in 20

Rob Scuderi, R: 5 in 71; P: 3 in 20

Goalie

Marc-Andre Fleury, R: 19-10-2; P: 14-6

 

This Season:

Line One

Bill Guerin, R:12 points in 17 games with Pens; P: 14 in 17

Sidney Crosby, R:103 in 77; P: 28 in 17

Chris Kunitz, R: 18 in 20 with Pens; P: 12 in 17

Line Two

Ruslan Fedotenko, R:39 in 65; P: 11 in 17

Evgeni Malkin, R: 113 in 82; P: 28 in 17

Maxime Talbot, R:22 in 76; P: 7 in 17

Line Three

Matt Cooke, R:31 in 76; P: 7 in 17

Jordan Staal, R:49 in 82; P: 6 in 17

Tyler Kennedy, R: 35 in 67; P: 6 in 17

Line Four

Craig Adams, R:1 in 9 with Pens; P: 5 in 17

Miroslav Satan, R: 36 in 65; P: 6 in 11

 

Defensive Pairing One

Brooks Orpik, R: 19 in 79; P: 4 in 17

Sergei Gonchar, R: 19 in 25; P 12 in 15

Defensive Pairing Two

Mark Eaton, R: 9 in 68; P: 6 in 17

Kris Letang, R: 33 in 74; P: 9 in 16

Defensive Pairing Three

Hal Gill, R:10 in 62; P: 2 in 17

Rob Scuderi, R: 16 in 81; P: 3 in 17

Extra Defenseman

Philippe Boucher, R: 6 in 25 with Pens; P: 4 in 8

Goalie

Marc-Andre Fleury, R: 35-18-7; P: 12-5

*R=Regular Season; P=Playoffs

Just for fun, let's take a look at the Red Wings' top guns and their playoff stats:

Pavel Datsyuk, L: 23 points in 22 games; T: 7 points in 13 games

Henrik Zetterberg, L: 27 points in 22 games; T: 18 points in 16 games

Marian Hossa, L: 26 points in 20 games; T: 12 points in 16 games

My Take

I say the series will go six games again.  This year, however, the Penguins will be able to win the Cup on home ice.

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