Physical Play and Hits: Why 'Hits' Is the Worst Statistic in Hockey

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Physical Play and Hits: Why 'Hits' Is the Worst Statistic in Hockey

During the first intermission of Thursday's Penguins-Flyers game, Root Sports Pittsburgh analyst (and former Penguins player) Jay Caufield was discussing what the Penguins needed to do in order to turn the tide in a game that saw them trailing by three goals after 20 minutes of play. The analysis was fairly simple: They needed to be more physical, hit people, bang bodies, and set the tone. Get in there and play tough. Honestly, what follows here isn't meant to call out this particular broadcast. Really, it isn't. If you replaced the team names and network with any other game in the NHL on a given night the analysis probably changes very little.

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