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08-28-2010, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Statistics are only meaningful if you start with the right assumptions. Anyone who truly understands statistics can tell you that.

In the 1980s, every team in the league was offense-first, which is why EVERYONE had an easier time scoring.

So the Canadiens were much better than other teams and it was harder to score on them. But how many games did other teams actually play against the Canadiens? 6-8 games out of an 80 game schedule? That is so much less significant than that a league where it was easier to score against every team.
Right assumptions. Would one of these right assumptions be that you or someone can actually provide an actual list of what defines "Right assumptions". An actual scientific method that may be replicated as opposed to a method that may be best described as an "art form". Have yet to see anything that is beyond levels of "art form". Some interesting experimental work but stiil in the early trying to separate from "art form" stage.

Offense-first. Every team in the eighties? One counter example would suffice to contradict your point. Canadiens, Keenan Flyers. Next.

Easier to score. The operative assumption being that more somehow equates to easier. More goals being score in a shoot-out scenario does not by default translate into easier.Likewise "EVERYONE" implies that the fringers found it easier to score.

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