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12-13-2011, 10:39 AM
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I can come up with some alternatives...when you save and freeze a puck, you have a defensive zone start. If you let in the puck, you have a neutral zone start. So there COULD be a correlation between save percentage and defensive zone starts.

But a statistician doesn't just go off and write an article, they check for basic correlation. And if they want to be taken seriously, they will go through the actual proof in terms of writing the hypothesis, the alternative hypothesis, then disprove the alternative hypothesis. I had to do this hundreds of times in college with all my economics and stats classes.

These writers don't do any of that work. They come up with a theory, write about it, throw some numbers on the wall in the hopes that they stick, and then cash their checks.

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