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05-13-2013, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by FunkyChicken View Post
Interesting stat, but what does it really mean?
Say you take 1500 defensive zone faceoffs in a 82 game season, the difference between a team with a 55% vs a 45% faceoff winning percentage (an extreme difference) would be 150 more faceoff wins or about 4 goals. Is 4 goals over a 82 game season that big of a deal? So instead of focussing of faceoffs, we just need someone who can score 4 more goals?
I think faceoffs are important, but this stat almost seems to contradict MacT's point.
He said it to refute that gagners FO ability is a critical factor. So it was to say they aren't too concerned with Sams ability there.

I read a study somewhere else(from Willis I think) that basically said for every 10% difference in two teams FO %, it only makes a difference of 1 win over a season. So a lot of proof that face offs aren't all that important over a season. You can see that in the Bos tor game tonight where Boston has won 80% of face offs yet trail 4-1.

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