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10-03-2013, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Ola View Post
It is a bit silly, and especially if you match a team a team like many NHL teams are matched.

But there is also a mis-perception that even a majority of all NHL teams differs that much in terms of ice time 5 on 5 the first two periods of a NHL game. For some coaches, it is relevant to talk about top 2 lines and bottom 2 lines, but for many its just not relevant to get into that discussions with many others. It can be 1+3. It can be 1/2/3A/3B for the first half of a game then 1/3b/2-3b for the latter half, almost as a norm.

The main diffrence is always the special teams. That is a point I wanted to make. Its impossible to score much without PP time, and up to a third of a players ice time comes from special teams. Then the third period gets broken up in many many games. You protect the lead or go after a lead. In those games 1-4 don't matter, 10 guys play alot more than the other 8 in the 3rd. The exceptions are games where one team got a 3 goal lead or something really.
So much this, and a player's effectiveness can differ hugely between 5v5 play and special teams since it is a very different brand of hockey.

For example, only ~10 players usually break 50 points 5v5 in an 82 game season. Nash and Stepan scoring as much as they did last season with our struggling PP was therefore extremely impressive.

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