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09-14-2012, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
also, I see that zone finishes minus zone starts is a factor. I think this is a mistake. If players like Matt Carle and Visnovsky are getting a defensive zone start, it won't be against the best players. therefore, they will defend the zone, and advance the puck for the next faceoff. Doesn't prove they're that good defensively. I would use raw zone starts. I know that doesn't say what happened on that shift, BUT the fact that their coach is using them in that situation on a regular basis says much more, IMO.
Raw zone starts would be a mistake as it doesn't take into account that not all teams have the same distribution (some teams start more often in the offensive zone than others). You would have to use zone starts relative to the teams zone starts in order to find out how thier coach is using them.

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