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03-07-2011, 01:41 PM
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Why SOG don't always tell the whole story

I noticed yesterday that Greenlay was chirping about the Wild's ability to win while being outshot. Some games the shot clock is a pretty good indicator of the overall game, like when you are outshot 40-15 or so. But with the Wild, and the inability of many Wild players to hit the target, it becomes less meaningful, especially in a game where shots might be 30 -25.

Yesterday's 3rd period was a great example; apart from Bruno's breakaway chance, the best scoring chances the Wild were able to generate didn't result in SOG because they missed the net. So while Cullen's 100 fot blast at the buzzer counted, close legit scoring chances from Bouchard, Miettinen, and Burns did not because they missed the net.

So the Wild can be playing well, generating a lot of offense, and be routinely outshot because they are horrible marksmen as a squad. I don't know if NHL.com tracks missed shots, but I'll wager the Wild have a lot.

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Missed and blocked. You can have a lot of O-zone time and little to show for it in the shots department because they are getting blocked/defected/etc.

Quality >>>>> Quantity

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I'd rather have quality and quantity instead of just one or the other. That's the problem with this Wild group. If they don't take advantage of their opportunities, they're sunk. They don't have quantity to fall back on.

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Shots "At" the Goal

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I noticed yesterday that Greenlay was chirping about the Wild's ability to win while being outshot. Some games the shot clock is a pretty good indicator of the overall game, like when you are outshot 40-15 or so. But with the Wild, and the inability of many Wild players to hit the target, it becomes less meaningful, especially in a game where shots might be 30 -25.

Yesterday's 3rd period was a great example; apart from Bruno's breakaway chance, the best scoring chances the Wild were able to generate didn't result in SOG because they missed the net. So while Cullen's 100 fot blast at the buzzer counted, close legit scoring chances from Bouchard, Miettinen, and Burns did not because they missed the net.

So the Wild can be playing well, generating a lot of offense, and be routinely outshot because they are horrible marksmen as a squad. I don't know if NHL.com tracks missed shots, but I'll wager the Wild have a lot.
komrade.
you raise excellent point.
if memory serves me.
back in the red army, scientific socialism, and gulag archipelago glory days.
vodka infused ussr hockey statisticians used a calculation called "shots at the net".
seems to offer another perspective on actual team offensive play.
net net, soviet.

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five shots from the perimeter are preferable to one shot point blank. Last year that shot diagram at the end of the night had our net completely covered in little cartoon pucks.

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