Using Numbers Badly: The False "Rinne Dominates the Blues in Nashville" Narrative
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02-07-2012, 03:03 AM
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In St. Louis, Rinne is a tad better. 4-3 against the Blues in regulation and 1-0 in OT, 2-0 in shootout.
Basically, he's 5-1 against the Blues in shootouts in both buildings.
He's 1-1 in the 5-min OT.
He's 6-5 in regulation.
Rinne's a great goalie and he's got a winning record against the Blues. But nearly all of it's attributable to the shootout, and the Blues are terrible against
in the shootout, not some special thing with Rinne.
Instead O'Neill writes, "The NHL is waiting for Tom Stillman and his group to satisfy terms and buy the team from Dave Checketts and Company. Perhaps it would speed things up if the league just recognized that Rinne owns the Blues."
Just because I point it out on a message board won't stop this from being the new narrative, knowingly-stated, among Blues writers and analysts. It'll probably get even wider play than that. Then fans will assume it's true. But, it isn't.
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