Advanced Statistics vs Team Standings
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04-02-2013, 05:20 PM
5 Mike Rupps
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That all seems doubtful.
Someone counted the scoring chances for the first 50-60 Rangers games of last season. While I haven't gone through the data in any detail, I would bet that, as a general rule, the games in which the Rangers did best in scoring chances were also the games in which they did best in Fenwick.
What's also interesting is that the Rangers had about 50% of the scoring chances on aggregate. And not incidentally, also about 50% of the Fenwick events at even strength.
What seems doubtful? That the Rangers practice some strategy other than "put as many pucks on net as possible at all times while preventing shot attempts from being taken?" If they were a possession team, they'd be known for takeaways or transition and praising the virtues of those things. They aren't. They're known for shotblocking and praising the virtues of THAT.
Shotblocking is a mechanism to manipulate shooting percentages and the Rangers are the successful team most-dependent on it for success. They're card counters.
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