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08-08-2012, 04:56 PM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
The only reason for a negative correlation which comes to mind is as follows. A stronger team may at times choose to commit a penalty to prevent a likely scoring chance by a much weaker team, knowing that the weaker team will often be much less likely to be able to take advantage on the power play (esp. against a strong team).
I make this very point in the post. I think it's the most likely explanation for the negative correlation, however more work would certainly be needed to confirm that.

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