Saturday, October 22, 2005

Playoff Scoring: Nothing to worry about

As usual, people are already overreacting over the lack of goals in the three playoff games so far. Relax. The system we have now is finally a good one, which provides more drama and is better scheduling/attendance purposes. Playoff games are usually lower scoring than regular season games; all time the playoffs average 0.17 fewer goals per game. And in the two years we've had the current system, the playoffs have actually had more goals per game than the regular season. Nothing to worry about.

1996-9: best of 3 (with shootout)
2000-2: first to 5
2003-4: aggregate w/single game semis

   Regular Playoffs
1996 3.37 3.12
1997 3.26 2.77
1998 3.57 3.14
1999 2.86 3.06
2000 3.19 2.94
2001 3.28 2.72
2002 3.01 3.00
2003 2.89 3.00
2004 2.61 2.55

Comments on "Playoff Scoring: Nothing to worry about"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 PM, October 23, 2005) : 

People are bringing up the high goals per game. I wonder what the stat is for that without RSL and CHV. It has got to be significantly lower.

Also I think we will see more scoring next week as teams won't be able to play as seen most explicitly in Chicago, where both teams were playing for it.


Blogger scaryice said ... (6:23 PM, October 23, 2005) : 

This year, the goals per game is 2.87.

If you take away all the gams involving RSL and Chivas, it's 2.84.

Very little difference. They both let in a ton of goals, but that was balanced by their lack of offense.


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