Sportsnet.ca 'Shot Quality Project' (EDIT: Now with results!!)
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11-21-2013, 07:16 PM
Join Date: May 2011
The Bruins have long been a low shot-quality against team. I think I remember from 2010 there was a study on shot distance, and it concluded that Tim Thomas was overrated (i.e. he wasn't the clear-cut best goalie in the league, just one of the best).
The Canucks outshot the Bruins in the 2011 finals, but scoring chance data ("scoring chance" being defined as within the slot area) shows the Bruins significantly outchancing the Canucks. At the time I thought the shot quality difference was mainly due to score effects, but I always suspected the Bruins were inherently giving up lower-quality shots.
This just provides more evidence to confirm there is a trend. I mean, Bergeron, Chara, and Julien on the same team would make you suspect low shot quality, no?
There is a bit of a false argument at the end though. The increase in save percentage (Rask>Hasek!) isn't just due to shot quality, it's also due to a drastic decline in power plays in recent years.
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