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04-10-2010, 06:46 PM
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From the objectivenhl link: "In terms of New Jersey, it seems that the tendency for undercounting shots at Continental Airlines arena began during the 2001-02 season."
I think Hockey Outsider's point stands.
NJ did have more home shots than away shots since 98-99 for whatever reason. You're right that farther down, it shows that that was the first year there is a provable bias (7+shots per game!!!)
Okay, so the statement might be technically correct (assuming we ignore the huge shot bias in 01-02), but what does it tell us? Hasek was a much better goalie during his best 7 year stretch than Brodeur was during his worst 7 year stretch.
I do take exception to the "while on a weaker team" business though. If you're going to give Hasek credit for the "team" factor, you'd better give Brodeur credit for his gamebreaking puckhandling.
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