How important is winning the faceoff?
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01-09-2006, 07:43 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Tubby, you strangely left off the only Kings center to have a faceoff winning percentage over 50%: Michael Cammalleri has won 55.6% of his faceoffs. Granted, he doesn't take as many as Conroy or Belanger, but he's taken 196, 5th-most on the team.
I'm not sure how much faceoffs usually play in games, but I can offer this: In last Monday's game against the Stars, when the Kings were down 2-0 and got a 5-on-3 with almost 2 minutes to go in the 2nd, Cammalleri took and won all 3 faceoffs, all in the Stars zone. As we know, the Kings got one with 0.7 left before the buzzer. Without all 3 of those faceoff wins by Cammalleri, the Kings would not have have gotten that extremely important goal.
End-zone faceoffs are obviously a lot more important than faceoffs in other areas of the ice. It's too bad that faceoff stats (at least the ones we have access to) aren't broken down by location.
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