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12-03-2011, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by whuttheeperson View Post
I cant believe most of you are taking these statistics to be more meaningful then actually watching the game, dont be so easily persuaded
The problem with "just watching the games" is that most people are very biased. We make up our mind about players a just look for evidence that re-enforces those beliefs.

Further to that we place far more emphasis on plays that lead to goals and not enough on plays that "almost" lead to goals.

For example we are a lot harsher on a defenseman who makes an error that leads to a goal then we are on a defenseman who makes several errors leading to quality chances that are not converted.

That is not to say watching the games isn't important (it is), but looking at statistics like these can often give a different (and perhaps more accurate) perspective.

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