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02-02-2011, 11:51 AM
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Giroux could maybe shoot a bit more, but I don't think it's going to translate to more goals. One of the reasons he's been efficient (18.3% shooting this year) is because he shoots from areas where his shot is worth taking (he doesn't have a particularly heavy shot, or quick release).

Would that open some passing lanes? Maybe... but then you're shooting from lower % areas and possibly not making a pass to a guy in a higher % area.

Crosby shot the puck a LOT more last year. He registered the lowest assist total and assist-per-game of his career. This year he's shooting even more, and while his assist-per-game rate has bounced back up a little, it's still below what he was registering in the three previous seasons. There was no impact on his PPG rate last year with more shooting (1.35, preceded by 1.34, and 1.36 seasons). What has improved is Crosby's goals-per-game, by a wide margin.

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