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12-06-2011, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Blame it on PK View Post
Not understanding the limitations of descriptive statistics leads to conclusions that are on shaky ground. You cannot form a conclusive conclusion with just descriptive statistics. It can help you along, though. On a basic level, stats simply are not a comprehensive and complete reflection of what goes on during play. One of the commentators to the blog post asked "is there any mention of defensemen not being able to handle getting hit in the def zone without coughin up the puck or not playing sturdy D in front of the net ? ".
If Hamrlik doesn't play a second in last night's game because he was injured and the powerplay, PK and goaltending all suck does the finger still get pointed at said player for the loss? How do we interpret stats of no TOI = still sucky team?

You'll see a lot ranting and raving this morning about goaltending and to a lesser extent Dennis Wideman. Both were main subjects of the links I posted.

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