PMDs are key weapons in playoffs
Teams with potent point-scorers on the blue line have a big edge
After watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Sergei Gonchar, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals these past couple of years, we must conclude that in the new NHL, puck-moving defensemen are a key ingredient in the over-all recipe of a Stanley Cup champion. Is this true, or does it fail to stand up to objective analysis? If it does, how important is this ingredient?
2009 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off Wednesday. Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and the rest of our NHL team preview the first round: