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10-03-2013, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Viper View Post
Do your stats take into account who the player plays against?
Yes they do. But it doesn't differ as much as most believe. Players who play more than 11-12 5v5 minutes per game end up seeing similarly difficult opposition.

Plus you have to look at teammates as well, which has a big impact. Zuccarello raises the game of his teammates, Callahan has the oposite effect.

But it isn't just the stats, it is quite obvious when you watch the games as well. It's easy to notice that when Zucc is on the ice the Rangers are usually on the attack, creating chances. While we are chasing the puck a lot more when Callahan is on. And as I said earlier, it has less to do with opposition than most think.

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