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Blocked shots, hits, and fourth liners: Part 1

For quite some time now I’ve wondered about the usefulness of blocked shots and hits from a hockey perspective. These two particular statistics would seem to quantify your “energy” and “effort” type of players/teams; something I think is as important in sports as it is in life. Nobody likes to be a part of a team (be it in sports or at work) in which everyone is coasting. I decided to write a two-part series in which I first take a look at the success of teams that excel in blocked shots and hits. That leads me into part two …

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Crashing the Crease: Steve Mason, Expectation and Reality

Through the first seven games of the 2013-2014 Philadelphia Flyers season, the early storyline in the Philadelphia crease has been the rise of Steve Mason. The 25 year old has earned 5 starts to Emery’s 2 and looked good in the process, posting a 2.23 GAA and .926 SV%. He may have a record of 1-4, but the mood in Philadelphia surrounding the promising young goaltender is almost unanimously positive. There are some who caution that his current level of play is probably not sustainable – including Justin Brennan here on CtC last week – but for the most part, …