Playoffs of Laine/Matthews

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  1. ChiefWiggum

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    Will these playoffs change the unanimous belief held by everybody outside of Jets fans that Matthews is better than Laine if these two players continue on their trajectories?

    To me, and im sure everybody else, Matthews has been invisible and the Jets are scorching hot with Laine leading the charge. In this up and down fluctuation of determining who is the better player, has Laine surpassed Matthews for the time being?
     
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    It changes nothing. Matthews is the better overall player.
    And BTW, calm down on this it's been 2 games. Matthews looked great last season in the playoffs and you've forgotten already. Matthews had 5 points in 6 games against the caps.
    NHL fans today are all about what happened last night.
     
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    Well Laine is just proving his clutch that wasn't witnessed on NHL ice yet.
     
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    Yet people have been calling me names when I said Matthews was floating this season...
     
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    Laine has 3 points in 2 playoff games. Matthews only 5 points in 8 games.
    We have our answer!:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    So he floated and still had better PPG than Laine? So you were proven right???
     
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    It's simple math!
     
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    Matthews gets owned by Bergeron at home 2 games in a row and Laine faces a much easier opponent = Laine is better. People will believe what they want so no point in arguing with those on here.. I am filling up my ignore list nicely though.
     
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    Matthews is going against the best line in hockey. It's precisely situations like this that make comparing playoff numbers between players so iffy. The competition players face is so different.

    If Laine has a Conn Smythe-esque dominating performance, then that's probably enough to sway him above Matthews. Otherwise, no.
     
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    Here come the excuses!

    I think both are pretty equal IMO.
     
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    It's hilarious. When Laine is not scoring or looks bad, I have no problem saying it. You look silly drumming up excuses as to why one guy is scoring and the other guy isn't.
     
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    I mean if you want to ignore facts and call them excuses go for it. Matthews is facing a way tougher challenge being matched against the best shutdown line in the NHL that has shut down guys like Crosby before, and a Bruins team that allows no space.

    I've watched the Jets all playoffs so far. Way more time and space in their game than the Bruins are giving the Leafs. But like I said, I don't really care. People at this point will pick Laine even if they think they are pretty even (Which is a fair opinion) just to get to Leaf fans.
     
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    Agreed. We’ve all heard how Matthews is a generational talent, head and shoulders above Laine. I still have not seen that yet.
     
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    Maybe Matthews will ask coach for easier matchups because he's afraid of competing against the league's elite?
     
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    Laine is probably a bit better suited for playoff hockey right now due to his grit and extremely competitive nature.
    Matthews needs to start playing the body more. He still looks pretty soft out there for a big guy.
     
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    This.....stop with the Laine vs AM thing.....outside of being same draft year and 1& 2 OA......they are different in every way. Winger vs Centre, NA vs European, diff conferences, etc.
     
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    So many hot takes on these forums after two games and they're not even mulletman threads :/
     
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    Forget the points. Laine engages in the games. He finishes every check and returns every slash and crosscheck. Has matthews had 1 hit in 2 years.
     
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    You're right. Hopefully Laine get's paid more. Nothing would make me happier than an 11M X 8 year extension for Laine.
     
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    A big difference between the 2 is physical play, Laine enjoys that style of play.

    We have too small of a sample size to say anything else really.
     
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    For my eyes it have looked that Laine enjoys every minute on the ice and Matthews is at times looking like he would be anywhere else rather than in that rink. He might not be 100 % shape and that’s bad when playoffs come. He isn’t same guy now who he was first half of the season. And Maurice has luxury to use Laine 15-17 minutes per game which keeps him fresh through games and series.
     
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