Most of their injuries have been on the blue line. Their best forwards have been healthy for the most part, and their D has been suspect even when healthy. They can get away with beating teams 6-5 in the regular season. If they lost the likes of Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Neal and Kunitz all at once, it would be a different story.
Exactly. I got into a discussion with someone the other day about this with them saying "Yeah, well we lost more games to injury than you." Yeah, I'm pretty sure you still have all your stars playing whereas Datsyuk and Zetterberg missed more than half the year and will be out for the remainder of this one. Franzen missed more than half the year. Helm missed pretty much the entire year. Howard's been in and out of the lineup all season. Like you said, take away Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Fleury and see how well they fair.