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09-28-2012, 08:58 AM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Not shocked at all since NHL hockey is a meritocracy. No advantage to having a team's least qualified performers on the ice at the most critical time in unfamiliar circumstances.
No, you see my point was that you used counting stats to argue that certain players score at a greater rate. That's not valid. You need to use rate stats for that.

Now, it is surely true that the first PP unit on a team will score at a greater rate than the second (the evidence for which would be the rate they score on the PP, not the total amount they score on the PP). But that by itself is not evidence that teams currently pull the goalie at the right time. As I said in the last post, the second unit might still score enough for it to be worthwhile. It doesn't have to be as much as the first unit, it just has to meet a certain threshold.

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