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07-27-2012, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Polansky View Post
But if say a game goes to triple overtime, that is essentially two games in the regular season. Do you think that might affect your numbers? I mean, suddenly we have more games being played in a way.
The fact that there is overtime in the playoffs has an effect. Once it goes to overtime, it is guaranteed that one more goal will be scored in that game. Whether that goal takes ten minutes or three periods does not affect the goal total for that game. I don't see any reason to use total time played in the calculations, since it doesn't affect the goal total (once it goes to OT).

An alternative would be to deduct all the OT goals during the regular season and all of the OT goals during the playoffs. However, those OT goals are still being scored. The purpose of adjusting playoff GPG is to better (not perfectly or completely fairly) compare playoff scoring of individual players. Deducting the goals from the totals and still crediting players for those goals/points doesn't seem like a good solution either.

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