2). Couture took faceoffs...and was good at them. Even though both are centers, Couture's 53.4% mark (474-414) was head and shoulders better than Skinner's mark of 36.9% (58-99).
3). Couture was a more timely scorer eclipsing Skinner in overtime goals (1-0), game winning goals (8-2), and empty net goals (1-0). Simply put, Couture's scoring mattered more.
4). Couture was a better all around player coming in at +18 to Skinner's +3 against far stiffer competition.
5). Couture was grittier, racking up more blocked shots (66-28) and he also logged one fight on the year.
7). Couture was trusted more logging over a minute more (17:49-16:43) per game than Skinner both overall and short handed (1:04-0:01).