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09-25-2008, 05:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Windsor, Ontario
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What I don't understand is that NHL.com lists Lang at 56% on the faceoffs... Isn't it axcellent
It's a misleading stat and a responsible stat at the same time.
When Montreal and Detroit played top line vs. top line, Lang was up against Datsyuk. During that, Lang only won 5-12 faceoffs. When you watch the game, that kind of sticks in your head. Against Abdullah the Butcher (Abdelkader), Draper and McGrath, he was 4-4.
So against bottom players, Lang was strong. Against Datsyuk, he was under half.
This is a pretty good thing, to be honest. Lang likely won't be facing off 12 times against Datsyuk on the 30th and will likely be taking more on Draper. Chipchura for me looked more impressive because his average against Datsyuk was better than Langs (though he faced off less times against Pavel) and in the game, it was more memorable to see Chipchura win a faceoff against Pavel Datsyuk than Chipchura lose a faceoff against Justin Abdelkader.
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