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12-09-2006, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Quiet Robert View Post
He's right, actually. Hits, like blocked shots most other stats of that nature are very inaccurate stats. In the end they don't mean much. It's much better to analyze a player's physicality by watching the games. I know Chris Neil is a physical player, not because the stats say he has 100+ hits but because I've watched him forcheck. That stat doesn't mean that he's a good hitter, or what types of hits he's landed, how many seperated the player from the puck just says 100 "hits" have been recorded, probably not very accurately.

For example I remember our first game against Carolina in Carolina. I was watching the FSN feed. After the first period they showed the hit stats as 15-4 for Carolina, despite the fact that they had just shown a replay of the period where Montreal had landed at least 8 nice hits. And I'm sure the same thing goes on everywhere.

It's just not a useful stat at all, except for fans who want to brag about how tough their players are. There's no substitute for watching the games though. No doubt it's interesting to look at, but I wouldn't put much stock into stats like that.
The Hits stat has flaws. Mostly that in each building they record Hits a bit differently. But over time every team plays in every other building in the division and conference. And since the stats inception I think each building is doing a better job of recording hits more similarly.

Certainly Hit stats have limited merit but over time it gives you a pretty accurate assessments of which players are making the most hits.

If a player has recorded for instance 75 hits and another has 100 hits that may not mean much but if a defenceman has 200 hits and another 50 hits then that clearly tells you a great deal. Espeically if they are on the same team and had the same guys recording the hits all season. Still Hits mean little to an overall assessment of a player. Lidstrom doesn't record very many hits and is a great Defenceman.

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