Would the Habs benefit from a Heavyweight enforcer? Part 3
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03-29-2013, 09:01 PM
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Since 1979-80, teams that finished among the bottom three in fighting majors have wound up atop the regular-season standings 10 times and won the Stanley Cup 11 times.
In contrast, pugnacious teams that finished among the top three in fighting majors wound up with only two regular-season titles and two Stanley Cups.
“I wanted to play four lines, especially in the playoffs,” said Scotty Bowman, who coached the Penguins and the Red Wings to championships. “That was always my theory. You have to stand up to the other team, but if you have a guy that just specializes in fighting, it’s a handicap.”
“Bob and Scotty were into skill guys,” McGuire said. “When the other team put tough guys on the ice, they’d put skill guys out. They figured they could expose the other team and light ’em up.”
In one study, he examined what happened in the 10 minutes after every fight in 2008-9 for which a clear winner was chosen by fans voting on the popular site hockeyfights.com. Desjardins found that the team of the winning fighter had an uptick of 0.07 goals — or, as he said, “winning a fight is worth a little more than 1/80th of a win in the standings.”
“On average, every 10 to 11 fights, a goal is created,” they said.
But, Mongeon and Boyle added, “fighting has no effect on winning”; the goals scored in those five minutes are almost evenly divided between goals for and goals against.
The company’s research found that it would take 30 to 60 fights to generate a single extra victory.
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