Monday, June 9, 2008

2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Scoring First

Congrats to the Detroit Red Wings players, coaches, staff and management on a wonderfully executed playoff run.

One of the odd things about sports is that there always seem to be some statistic that we observe, but frankly are not sure why. I mentioned in an earlier blog about the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and scoring first – that teams that score quicker on average have won each series of the playoffs. Detroit averaged a 18:18 first score time while Pittsburgh averaged 30:43; and Detroit won the series. This has held up for each series this year.

I think that there are a number of explanations, but to me none seem to be real winners.

What do you think?

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