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06-26-2013, 11:41 AM
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With Vigneault in New York, we can expect Nash, who received five of his shift starts per game in the offensive zone the past two seasons, to get a bump up in his offensive zone starts. Let's say he gets the same amount each Sedin did under Vigneault: seven per game. If there are two starts he otherwise wouldn't have received, we could expect Nash to be on the ice for six or seven more even-strength goals than he was the past two seasons over 82 games. In that time, Nash has scored 41 percent of those goals himself and has registered assists on 33.3 percent, meaning an extra two goals and two assists in 2013-14. If the two starts are just switched from starts in the defensive or neutral zone, there would be virtually no impact in his personal boxcar stats.

If Tortorella sticks to his current system and the Sedins, who register points on two-thirds of the goals they are on the ice for, lose two offensive zone starts per game, that could mean a loss of two points between them over 82 games.

Vigneault's zone-matching philosophy is a sound one: Give your best offensive players an advantage by starting just a few feet from the opposing netminder. However, it appears to bloat merely shot volume, not goals and assists.

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