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10-08-2012, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by steve141 View Post
I'm not sure if the data supports this, but it seems to that expansion should naturally lead to less scoring by the lower lines.

I.e. in a 12 team league, there are 72 players playing on the top two lines. In a 30 team league all of those (theoretically), plus 18 others would be playing on the first line. The second line would consist of many players that would not even have made it in a 12 team league.

Intuitively this would mean that difference between the average level of play on the first and second line should increase.
Perhaps the absorption of the WHA into the NHL is what led to lower lines scoring more in the 80s than in the 70s? It's possible.

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