Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/15/14 at 12:40 PM ET
from Sam Page of Sports Illustrated,
For a long time, NHL coaches have seen the chip-and-chase strategy as a viable alternative — even an antidote — to the puck possession game played by the league’s best clubs, e.g. the Blackhawks and the team they are modeled after, the Detroit Red Wings.
But hockey’s version of the sabermetrics movement has shown the dump-and-chase maxim to be the natural analogue to baseball’s devotion to the sacrifice bunt — a needless waste of the game’s most precious commodity (possessions in hockey; outs in baseball) for a small benefit. More than ever before, winning in today’s NHL means holding on to the puck.
more, using the Minnesota Wild as an example...
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