Over the weekend, the site got hard core trolled by fans from other teams. Not a big deal. Anyone is welcome to come here and post intelligent, civil responses. Unfortunately, we had more visitors that decided personal attacks were the best route of communication, but you’ll have that! It’s part of having a blog!
This carried over to the Facebook page, where this comment was left under the video of Evgeni Malkin’s 50th goal of the season:
Stamkos 60 goals out-does dirty Malkins 50…..sry….Stamokos made a list that contains 19 others in his 3rd year of 50 or more goals…….Malkin made no special list. When Malkin has 50+ for 3 years straight…..he can claim greatness….right now he is just another dirty Penguin
Completely well thought out commentary, no?
So, because Malkin had 10 less goals in 7 less games than Steven Stamkos, he cannot claim greatness? Yes, 60 goals is a fine accomplishment, as is Stamkos grabbing the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for a second time. I am not saying that Stamkos is a bad player or attempting to downplay what he has done because it certainly is impressive. But Malkin isn’t on a special list? I know a few lists that Geno has landed himself on that Stamkos cannot claim:
2 time Art Ross Trophy winner
Calder Trophy winner
Conn Smyth Trophy winner
Stanley Cup winner
3 time finalist (this year being the third and he is favorited to win) for the Hart Trophy
The response to my comment that Geno played 7 less games than Stamkos was “7 less games doesnt get him 60 goals.”
Actually, it could have. From January 13th to January 22nd, Malkin played in six games. How many goals? Nine. Nine goals in six games. Seven more games in the season for Geno could have very well meant 60 goals on his season. Additionally, Geno did finish ahead of Stamkos in points in less games. Geno finished with 109, Stamkos with 97.
There are a lot of factors that play into this whole Geno vs Stamkos debate. Stamkos is a goal scorer, but Geno plays a more creative game and makes the players around him better. Look at his line mates. James Neal posted 40 goals, 41 assists and lead the league in power play goals with 18. Chris Kunitz had a career high season along side Geno for the first time with 26 goals and 35 assists.
Best line in hockey.
I did a little digging to see the scoring trends for Geno and Stamkos in each of their divisions and against one another’s divisions for this season. Stamkos plays in quite frankly, the crappiest division in all of the NHL. The only reason the Panthers made it to the 3rd spot in the East is due to the preposterous seeding rules of the NHL. The Capitols made it in by the skin of their teeth. The top teams for the East in points (besides the Bruins) were all in the Atlantic Division where the Pens play.
So how did Stamkos get to 60 goals? I can tell you that it wasn’t by playing against the Atlantic teams. Out of 20 games against the Atlantic Division, Stamkos was held without a goal in 12 games, 4 of which he failed to register even a point. The team that held him off best? The Penguins. He scored only 2 assists in 4 contests.
The team Geno thrived against in the South East Division was the Lightning, scoring 12 points total. He had 8 goals (2 hat tricks) in 4 contests. In the Atlantic (where Geno played 23 games), he was held to no goal in 8 games and 3 games without points. He scored goals in 14 games.
Now, in total games in these two divisions, Malkin scored more goals and more assists than Stamkos, while playing 3 less games against these teams. Geno played in 41 games, scored 34 goals and 35 assists. Stamkos played in all 44 scheduled contests and scored 33 goals and 28 assists. Geno was held without a goal in 18 total games, while Stamkos was held without a goal in 20 of these contests. Overall, between the two divisions, Malkin was more productive in less games.
As for the argument that he can’t lay claim to the goal scoring and be on the same “special list” as Stamkos… well that is irrelevant due to Malkin’s injuries. Let’s see Steven Stamkos win a goal scoring title after missing half a season. The previous two seasons, Geno did not play full seasons. He played in only 43 games in 2010-2011, missing almost half of the season. The previous year (2009-2010), he played in only 67 games.
Steven Stamkos has played in all 82 games for the past three seasons. He has actually only missed 3 games in his entire NHL career. Malkin has not played a full season since the Penguins last won the Stanley Cup. He also won the Conn Smyth and Art Ross that season. When Geno is healthy, Geno scores and comes up big with points. His career proves that. His name is already hanging in the rafters at Consol Energy Center for his scoring title and will be there again with other great names like Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (and yes, Sidney Crosby).
Steven Stamkos might be a great goal scorer, but he is not yet worthy of the league’s MVP. That title belong’s to Evgeni Malkin. Stamkos can enjoy his trophy on the golf course.