NHL Playoffs: Numbers That Hold the Key To the Stanley Cup Champion

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NHL Playoffs: Numbers That Hold the Key To the Stanley Cup Champion
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When people talk about who is going to win the Stanley Cup, a lot of stats get thrown around. Some fans analyze special teams play. Some put a lot of stock in goals against. Some just cheer for the team with the cutest ice girls.

What stats should we really be looking at when predicting a Stanley Cup winner? There are some that I think are overrated (not to be confused with irrelevant), and some that are not given enough consideration.

Granted, these are regular season statistics I’m talking about here. I know that the game (and a player’s behaviour) changes come playoff time. However, you still can’t dismiss over 1,000 games played over 6 months. 

There is also more than one way to build a Stanley Cup winner. The 2007 Anaheim Ducks played a very different style than the 2008 Red Wings. That being said, there are some stats that transcend a team’s style of play.                   

Whether you’re making a bet, drafting for your playoff pool or just want to look smarter—here are five regular season stats that are overrated when picking a Stanley Cup winner...and five that don’t get enough consideration.

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