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Key Statistic Points to Detroit Red Wings-Washington Capitals Cup Final

Published by on April 13, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

It's the time of year again to test the Shots on Goal Differential (SOGD) Steeltown Sports has been watching and modifying for the past several years (refer to this article). 

The theory is that total goals scored for and against, goals-against averages, and power play opportunities are inconsequential in determining who will raise the Stanley Cup in June.

The Shots on Goal Differential is calculated simply by taking the total number of shots a team takes in a game, and subtracting the number of shots given up.  Over the course of a season, it's a decent indicator of how good a team truly is.

Perennial contenders like Detroit have a SOGD approaching +10, which is elite.  Teams that are on t...

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