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03-03-2013, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Twisted Blue View Post
Great article. Sabremetrics can provide some useful insight, and I agree with the point that a 48 game season allows for a greater fluctuation of results than an 82 game season. The Blues players need to embrace the fact that their season is in jeopardy and play with more urgency. Another losing streak at this point could easily put the playoffs out of reach because they would have to play far better than they are capable and hope for some luck.
Last year really sold me on this way of looking at teams compared to one another early in the season.

Minnesota got off to that great start, and was leading the West for quite some time. But the sabremetricians were calling for them to fall back to the pack well before they did.

Another way to look is simply at goal differentials.

Everything is a bit out of whack this season though with the condensed schedule and the lack of training camp.

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