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12-20-2012, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Trend is to, for want of a better word,controlled chances or shots. Teams recognize the shots or chances cannot be eliminated. However they can be controlled by selectively leaving open ice depending on the oppositions strengths and weaknesses balanced against the teams defensive and goaltending strengths and weaknesses.
100% correct. Game is too fast, center red line is out, trapezoid is in, you can't fully expect a team to allow 14 shots a game...shot quality (something we really don't have a metric for) is drastically reduced by teams like Boston, St. Louis, Detroit, etc. to help insulate their goalies. See: Thomas' stats before Chara/Julien, but still the same NHL team. See: Brian Elliott before arriving in St. Louis.

Save percentage becomes even more deceptive...no more valuable than GAA in today's game...those that dismiss one as a team stat, would be incorrect to fully endorse the other as an "individual" stat...

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