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08-23-2013, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Seth Rollins View Post
To clarify, I'm not a fan of people relying on stats to prove a point period. I just prefer to watch the game and make an assessment from that. Someone could have a game where they have no points and were a -2, but they could've been generating chances all game. Conversely, someone could score twice in a game, and you might think "well he must be having a good game", but he could've been invisible all game and had a couple pucks bounce off him and go in. I'm not saying stats are meaningless, but it seems these days looking up random stats to form an opinion about a player/team/etc is more common than sitting down and watching the game.
You might be surprised to find this out, but watching the game presents similar bias challenges that statistics do. It's not infallible (the best way to examine hockey is through a combination of scouting and statistics).

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