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03-25-2013, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by FolignoQuantumLeap View Post
I was looking at that last night. Missed shots seems to be a common theme amongst the league's best teams. Not surprising at all but another was that many bad defensive teams have high blocked shot totals. Ottawa is bottom third while very high in takeaways. Kind of paints a picture of how this team operates. Our forecheck has been fantastic.

We're still a high scoring team 5 on 5 with the PP ranked ~10 yet we're 22nd in GFPG. This paints the picture that we're taking too many damn penalties and not getting enough PP opportunities. As an example Montreal is #1 in PPG and we have almost an identical pp% yet we're at #16. 9 goal difference.
Missed shots are common for top teams and blocked shots for weak teams because they demonstrate who has possession. You can't miss the net if you didn't have the puck, and you can't block one if you have it. This all goes to show that Ottawa has a very strong possession game, as is to be expected with MacLean at the head.

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