Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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07-30-2012, 04:16 AM
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Strongly disagree with the bolded. I believe your average hockey viewer does a poor job of evaluating defensive play in hockey. Fans will tend to notice the big mistakes, like a dman blowing his coverage and ending up in no mans land while an opposing player is left alone in the slot, or a bad pinch leading to a odd man rush. However, many won't be able to notice things like solid positioning, covering passing lanes, using his stick effectively and other subtleties of defence.
The Sedins are not bad defensively. They may seem like they are bad because they are average skaters and do not play aggressively, but they are almost always in position and definitely pull their weight defensively.
Sedins struggle to get the puck back and do a poor job of winning puck battles. Positioning is fine but if they're just standing there watching it really isn't good enough. Good defensive players are in the right position and separate the opponent from the puck. A line of 5 Sedins would be hemmed in it's zone until the goalie froze it or the other team scored.
They play with burrows who's great defensively and always play with a top defensive pairing. They watch them do the work in the d-zone.
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