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08-31-2013, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
Interesting numbers you quoted. Fun fact about blocked shot and hit numbers: you don't need them, and high numbers in these categories tend to correlate with losing. This makes some sense when realizing both mean you don't have the puck.

Also, that arenas are gruesomely inconsistent in recording hits (and giveaways and takeaways).

The team with the fewest hits in the league was Chicago and that's despite a home rink that heavily overcounts hits. Their road hits were 15% lower than 29th-place Detroit and 35% lower than 28th-place Florida. Boston's road hits were 15th, smack dab in the middle of the league.

Both Chicago and Boston were also in the bottom third portion of the league for blocked shots.

Teams just don't need to hit and block shots to win. Blocking and hitting are not inherently bad, but there's no inherent value to adding a guy just to boost these numbers; his value has to come from something else.

(For the curious, Montreal was middling in both road hits and total blocked shots. The Bell Centre scorers undercount hits, and overcount giveaways.)
Excellent points

I'm not saying Blocked Shots = Stanley Cup, but it was our bread & butter allowing us to be among the elite on the PK. I'm saying that Murray's contribution will help in those categories which for our system would be a welcome helping hand.

Each system has its niche, and for the price we're paying Murray, what he can potentially add to the team, is a welcome addition to areas where we could use some tweaking.

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