I argued with BRey last night regarding man games lost between our two teams. To preface, last year I argued with BRey regarding the Avs' injuries. I said they were a good team but were decimated by injuries. He said that injuries were not an excuse. This year, the WIld have been hurt hard. He gives injuries as an excuse. I called him out on this blatent hipocrisy last night. Please check out the argument here. He had two strings of arguments with me and it's time to drop some numbers on him.
Eventually he argued that he believes the Avs were a bad team last year and injuries didn't change what would be the inevitable outcome of sucking and the Wild are actually good. Fine. That is a legitimate, albeit bizarrely myopic, opinion. That wasn't his first arugment though.
His first argument was that the Avs didn't even lose close to as many games as the Wild have. I said he was wrong. He said prove it. I provided a number (474), he called the number bogus because it came from a bogus site. Then I asked for the Wild's Man Games Lost to Injury number and he refused. Yet, he claimed he had "a number" and it would prove me wrong, but refused to share it with me because I was the one trying to prove a point. Here are factual numbers regarding man games lost. Turns out, BRey was very very wrong. The Wild are not even close to where the Avs were.
Minnesota WIld: 2011-2012: Through March 6th: 251. Source. Right now it appears 6 players are injured from this source. Let's see, 6 players out for 15 more games is 90 games lost. Plus the 251 that makes the estimated total "341".
Colorado Avalanche: 2010-2011. Here's the issue. The Denver Post (note, author is not on staff there) claims 474 man games lost. Source. BRey rejected that because the Denver Post is not a credible source. Fine. Let's try a more legitimate source. Through 72 games, 385. Source. Is James Mirtle credible BRey? Hell, let's ignore the remaining 10 games and the Wild will still be almost 40 games behind the Avs at game 72.
Let me say this again. 385 (throught 72 games) IS GREATER THAN 341(through 82 games).
Woops, I am sure the next argument will be that the total numbr doesn't matter and only loss of top 6 forwards does. I will defeat your asinine argument then as well BRey. But for now, you are wrong and this proves you wrong.