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07-30-2012, 05:07 AM
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That's obviously an exaggeration though not by much. The Canucks have been micromanaging zone starts much more than any other team.

There seems to be a gradual shift going on from line matching towards optimizing zone starts and this is most certainly due to advances in statistical analysis.
Started in the fifties. Close game and the team's best defensive center/line would take the defensive zone faceoffs.

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