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05-17-2013, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post
In defence of the stat Bryan what those numbers would tell me is that Line A is probably playing the game in the opposition's end a lot more than Line B. As you rightly point out that does not mean that Line A is "better" than Line B but in this case there is something of interest to be derived from the stat.
Having not seen the CCCP teams of the past I have heard that they used to not take a ton of shots and valued puck possession and high quality shots (correct me if I'm wrong). If this were the case and they took 15 high quality shots and 40 total were directed at net and scored say 7 goals while the opposition took 60 shots at the net while 40 were blocked and they were all perimeter shots and were shut out, does the stat reflect what was seen on the ice? While it's a good theory to think that the majority of the time was in the Russians end that might not be the case at all.

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