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05-16-2013, 02:34 PM
Senators Growing
Next year again...
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post
3 days off between games...

Never again.
May I direct you to the back end of the series, where we don't play until Wednesday following Sunday's game?

Originally Posted by BeerMe View Post

Hits are kind of a weird stat. Aside from being subjective, it doesn't really correlate to winning and generally if a team out hits its opponent by a wide margin it's because they couldn't maintain possession. Look at the Hawks this year. Fewest hits, best possession times, best record.

Ottawa won because of defense, not hits. Finish your checks when you get them of course, but if the Sens loosen up in their own end to inflate a useless stat Pittsburgh will put up 4 plus a night for the next three games. The Sens were fine 5 on 5. If they stay out of the box and convert on their chances they could win this thing. If they keep trading power plays they're done in four.
This is where you need to look beyond the numbers. A playoffs run is more than one round long. If you hit the opponents, crosscheck them, slash them, even elbow them and so on and keep doing it, your opponent is going to start slowing down. That lack of speed is going to translate into sloppy play, errors and so on. If you give the Hawks I'll return with Los Angeles or the Boston/Toronto series. Lots of hits and viciousness, some injuries and a lot of wear and tear.

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