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07-28-2014, 10:08 PM
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vadim sharifijanov
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
The early 80s are not the same thing as the late 80s for the context under discussion. And it's no one's fault when they're born, and there's no suggestion that one player should be punished, but you do have to consider all of the context that you can consider. Raw numbers can be misleading.
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Originally Posted by tazzy19 View Post
1986 and 1989 are two (actual) seasons apart (1986-87 and 1987-88 being the two in between). I don't think the game of hockey changed that much over those two seasons. In 1986, Gretzky scored 215 points (his best ever) and a ridiculous 163 assists. In 1989, Lemieux scored 199 points and 114 assists (both being his best). Gretzky beats him quite handily in points with a 16 point lead…but DESTROYS him in assists.
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
The average team scored 0.25 goals per game less in the latter season than the earlier. It's not a huge difference but you can't pretend it's not there.
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It's simplistic to say that they could dictate when they would score. If the league's goaltenders were getting better as a whole, for example, such a player might be affected less by this change, but you cannot say they wouldn't be affected at all.
a wise man once mansplained to me: "Before you answer a question, make sure there is a question that needs answering. . . By insisting that there must be some specific explanation, you deny that chance plays any role in hockey stats from year to year."

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