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Couture has been great on draws, Toews not so much.
It is a simple concept, but winning faceoffs are very important. If you take a quick look at NHL.com, you will see that the Boston Bruins (58.6 percent), San Jose Sharks (56.6 percent) and the Detroit Red Wings (52.6 percent) are in the top three for faceoffs.
Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly of the Bruins are currently the top two faceoff men in the playoffs, and they have been an integral part of the Bruins' success.
The Bruins took a 3-0 lead in Game 3, and the reason they won was because of their faceoff efficiency. A key faceoff win by Shawn Thornton in the defensive-zone led to a game-winning goal by Daniel Paille, and it further illustrated the importance of winning faceoffs.
The Rangers have not been able to win faceoffs, and they are No. 7 amongst the eight remaining teams in faceoff efficiency. The Blueshirts have only won 47.9 percent of their draws, and Derick Brassard leads the team with a 50.8 percent efficiency rating.
Defensive-zone draws are crucial in the playoffs, because many of the faceoffs are the result of an icing. When a team has tired players on the ice, winning a faceoff can be the difference in winning or losing a game.
When you look at all the available data and the current standings, it is very evident that successful teams win faceoffs.