The Battle of Captains Mike Richards and Jonathan Toews: Who Has the Edge?

May 25th, 2010 by Neil Grewal Leave a reply »
16 teams, three rounds, 42 days, 82 games, and it all boils down to this: The Stanley Cup Finals.

A run that starts off with the 16 best teams (eight from each conference) all seeking the ultimate goal—The chance to hoist the Stanley Cup.

It has been known throughout history that the star players do not necessarily lead their team to the Stanley Cup. Of course teams may look to their star players to lead the way, but that is not always the case.

Looking ahead to the Stanley Cup Finals we can see that contribution for both the Flyers and the Blackhawks came from the entire team. Even with a full team effort it is hard to ignore the amazing and inspirational play of both team captains' Mike Richards and Jonathan Toews.

If we were to look at the paper stats of each captain, Jonathan Toews would have the edge, and well deserved I might add. He leads the playoffs in scoring with 26 points, he's riding a franchise record 13 game playoff point streak, and also leads all forwards on the Blackhawks in ice-time. According to most people, Toews is so far the clear favorite to win the Conn Smythe trophy.

But what about Mike Rich ...

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