April 4, 2014

Reasons for a quick playoff defeat of the Pittsburgh Penguins, [they won more games but did not have the advantage during playoffs paradoxically

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Written by: Recultured Team

The last 4 games of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs the Pittsburgh Penguins played saw only 2 goals scored by them and 15 on them resulting in 4 complete losses. This followed winning 8 of the previous 11 games in which they happened to score 47 goals and allow in 28. Scoring 162 goals over the regular season with only 12 games lost made them the conference leaders!! Provided the luxury of a reliable goalie pair performing well into the playoffs till the very end, whatever happened to Pittsburgh’s offense?  How can we assess the 0 (nada zilch null) wins during the playoffs series opposing Boston? Whatever happened to Pittsburgh during playoffs the moment Boston came into the picture? This article will go over a set of basic ways for people to research why the advantage appeared to shift from the Penguins to Boston right after the regular season.


Can we establish that Pittsburgh had a certain advantage before playoffs?


The average number of goals scored (GF/G) is essentially the expectation (expected value) in the number of goals per a game. A higher value of this indicator shows that a team has a certain scoring advantage in each and every played game over a team having a lower GF/G.  In the regular season for 2012-13, Pittsburgh had 3.38 for GF/G, the highest in the NHL. Boston had 2.65; way down the list.


Each game a team plays tells a story about their advantages and flaws. The 48 outcomes of the regular season games contain a pattern signifying which other teams your team had an advantage over. Starting from listing which teams scored how many goals against yours scored you can quickly overview how much defensiveness or offensiveness exists in each team. Any team that shoots more goals against yours has an offensive advantage over your team’s defense. The higher the number of goals for your team measures the offensive advantage that your team has only relative to the defensive disadvantage of the opposing teams.


It seems well enough to say Pittsburgh had a high advantage over almost everyone by looking at their win-loss sequence:




Once this is done, we can look into other sequential patterns such as home team advantage.



Also to do this, we must ask what advantage Boston had.


The purpose of this article is to simply begin discussing the


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