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Hard To Win A Faceoff In Detroit

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

What’s the worst road rink for getting credit for a faceoff win?

The Motor City, according to Spezza.

“You go into Detroit, it’s impossible to be over 50 per cent,” he says. “I don’t know what those stats guys are doing, but they’re definitely giving the benefit of the doubt to (Red Wings centres) on the 50-50s (tossup draws).”

more on faceoffs…

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WingMan's avatar

Every rink has its quirks with stats.  First I have heard of this one.  In NJ it is shots, in Columbus it is hits… Funny how we put so much into stats, and yet they are soooo in accurate. lol Over the course of a season though I guess they do even out.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/10/11 at 01:52 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

That may very well be true.  What I’m more curious about is how Spezza or the Ottawa Citizen has such a strong opinion about JLA, considering how often the Senators actually play there.  Seems kind of random.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 11/10/11 at 02:04 PM ET


Seems kind of random.

The article is about faceoffs and a specific question was asked of Spezza (who is in the top 10 in draws and has taken more than any other centre in the league so far this year).  I think that’s pretty much 180 degrees from “random”.

Posted by Garth on 11/10/11 at 02:41 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I call shenanigans on this. I’ve seen plenty of instances of the opposing team winning more than 50% of the draws against us at The Joe. If you watch enough of FSD, you’ve seen it in the stats in between periods and Mick and Ken talk about how good/bad the Wings are doing on the draws during games.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/10/11 at 03:18 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

I agree that Spezza picking Detroit is odd, because like others have said, how many games exactly has he played at JLA?  His point isn’t even really true anyways, just go back the Tuesday’s game against Colorado, Ryan O’Reilly took a team leading 19 face-offs, and won 12 of them for a 0.632 win percentage.  Matt Duchene won 6 of 8 for a 0.750.  Meanwhile, Detroit’s best face-off man, Datsyuk, went 7 for 18.  Apparently it’s not so hard to win over 50% of your face-offs as an opposing player in JLA.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 11/10/11 at 03:25 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I think the part that’s random is you’d think he doesn’t have a very large body of work against detroit, say compared to montreal.  Not the subject material.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 11/10/11 at 01:01 PM ET

Thank you.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 11/10/11 at 03:31 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’d be curious as to Spezza’s explanation as to why the Wings traditionally win so many faceoffs on the road as well then.

Posted by Primis on 11/10/11 at 04:31 PM ET


Doesn’t compare to Montreal’s takeaway/giveaways I’m sure.  Hamrlik and Gill were like consistently 50 giveaways above the rest of the league I swear.

Posted by JBM on 11/10/11 at 06:06 PM ET

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