Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/1/11

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 12: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Sharks defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
In his post game interview last night, Joe Thornton was upset that his San Jose Sharks lost to a “very soft Rangers team.” Thornton continued this by stating that the Rangers were the softest team they played on their road trip. Well, let’s define soft. To me, soft is a team that is unwilling to do the dirty work to get the job done. They won’t deliver hits, won’t go into corners, won’t block shots, and won’t clear the crease. In essence, they just want to Roger Dorn their way through the game. Let’s start with the two areas that have stats: hits and blocked shots. The Rangers are currently 10th in the league in hits with 238, which isn’t too shabby. Hits are a tough stat to really measure, because the home scorekeeper generally inflates this stat a bit. Since the Rangers have only played three home games, expect this number to increase a lot. I would expect the Rangers to finish in the top-five in hits. As for blocked shots, well we all know the Rangers block shots. They have 151 b...
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