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05-23-2013, 09:44 PM
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Dacks
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Why use ranks as your analysis when powerplay opportunities are a quantitative variable?

Using the same reference frame, I looked at the average number of powerplays per game, average times shorthanded per game, and the difference. Teams below are ranked in descending order:

CAR 4.61 3.99 0.63
SJS 4.27 3.69 0.58
NJD 3.83 3.48 0.34
LAK 4.39 4.14 0.25
DET 4.31 4.08 0.23
TOR 4.22 4.04 0.18
TBL 4.13 3.96 0.17
BUF 4.17 4.02 0.15
MIN 3.99 3.85 0.13
DAL 4.27 4.17 0.10
PHX 4.22 4.14 0.08
PIT 4.44 4.36 0.08
NYR 4.11 4.03 0.07
NSH 4.02 3.97 0.05
ATL/WPG 4.13 4.17 -0.04
VAN 4.34 4.41 -0.07
STL 4.10 4.19 -0.09
MTL 4.25 4.36 -0.11
CGY 4.12 4.23 -0.11
EDM 4.13 4.25 -0.11
CHI 3.98 4.11 -0.13
COL 3.87 4.00 -0.13
CBJ 4.20 4.37 -0.17
OTT 4.03 4.27 -0.24
NYI 3.91 4.17 -0.26
WSH 4.09 4.36 -0.27
BOS 3.74 4.02 -0.28
PHI 4.21 4.49 -0.29
FLA 3.77 4.11 -0.33
ANA 4.02 4.42 -0.41

At a quick glance, 3 of the 4 lowest teams are teams I consider to be very physical over that time period. On the other hand, it's hard to notice a trend amongst the leaders. Maybe surprising to some people, but Pittsburgh in closer to the middle.


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