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07-06-2011, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
The stats don't support your argument, at least for the top players. Here's some of the best players in the last generation:

Gretzky: 1.92 (regular season ppg), 1.83 (playoff ppg)
Lemieux: 1.88, 1.60
Jagr: 1.26, 1.07
Sakic: 1.19, 1.09
Forsberg: 1.25, 1.13
Yzerman: 1.15, 0.94
Shanahan: 0.88, 0.72
Fedorov: 0.94, 0.96
Modano: 0.92, 0.83
Recchi: 0.92, 0.77
Datsyuk: 0.98, 0.75
Crosby: 1.38, 1.32
Malkin: 1.19, 1.17

By its nature, the quality of competition of playoff hockey is better than during the regular season.

Everyone above has played more than 100 playoff games, except Crosby and Malkin. I expect the gap between their regular season ppg and playoff ppg to widen as they play more playoff hockey.

Edit: Mark Messier, the prime outlier, averaged 1.25 points per game in the playoffs and 1.07 points per game during the regular season.

It's not actually my argument...I forgot the sarcasm smiley.

Jester is a big proponent of the belief that all players normalize in their PPG numbers between regular season and playoffs, as though 1 playoff game is completely equivalent to 1 regular season game, which is not the case.

There may not be an easy way to quantify it, but playoff games are harder and more competitive than regular season games, and anyone who says otherwise is foolish.

For that reason, it's expected that points should go down somewhat, but some players are more extreme than others. I personally think there's more to it than just being outliers, such as some players cope with the intensity of playoff hockey better than others.

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