Boston has how many injuries on defense? Their defense has less games played in playoffs then most. Chicago has Keith and seabrooke then who?
I'm mostly getting at the star power. Chicago atop six consist of toews Kane hossa and sharpe plus two complimentary guys. Pittsburgh is same way. Boston id say doesn't have the star power as much up front but more balanced and good players top to bottom.
You mean doughty who is considered an offensive defenseman? And letang?
Star power is not a good way to judge. Guys like Mitchell, Seidenberg, Scuderi, Orpik, Boychuk, Hjalmarsson might not be stars, but they're effective.
Of the past 8 Cup winners:
Average ranking in playoff scoring: 3.625
Average ranking in playoff defense: 2.875
Average regular season scoring: 7.375
Average regular season defense: 7
All 8 finished 6th or higher in playoff scoring (1 1st, 4 of 8 in the top 3)
All 8 finished 5th or higher in playoff defense (3 finished 1st, 2 more 3rd)
7 of 8 finished 8th or higher in regular season scoring (4 of 8 finished 2nd or 3rd)
6 of 8 finished 7th or higher in regular season defense (4 of 8 finished 1st or 2nd)
Only twice has a team won the Cup while finishing in the bottom half of the league in regular season defense
Only once has a team won the Cup while finishing in the bottom half of the league in regular season scoring
The numbers for the last 8 Cup runners-up are not too far off from that.
The conclusion is evident. Winning a Cup, or even making the Finals, is pretty highly unlikely unless you're above average at both ends.