Apr 25, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT
Perhaps unaware the NHL also tracks hits, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock believes blocked shots are “the most useless stat” in the league.
“If you’re blocking shots it means the puck is in your zone a lot,” Hitchcock said today, per NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “When you’re a shot-blocking team, you never get it back.”
Again, we’d say the same thing about hits. Teams can only hit when they don’t have the puck.
Now, obviously, if a player’s got a chance to block a shot or make a hit, he should do it. But there’s folly in assuming a team that racks up a big total in those stats is a good team because of it.
The top five shot-blocking teams in the NHL during the regular season: Montreal, Calgary, San Jose, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
The top five in hits: Los Angeles, Columbus, Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg.
Meanwhile, the defending champion Blackhawks finished 25th in blocks and dead last in hits.
- Benning calls Sutter a ‘foundation piece’ for Canucks 15
- Here’s a chart that shows which teams have been good/bad at drafting 18
- Penguins sign Fehr to three-year, $6 million contract 16
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening 50
- NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16 57
- Wilson signs with Preds, leaving just four arbitration cases to go 5
- Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million 62
- Deal with the Devils: New Jersey re-signs Larsson to six-year contract 14
- Stepan seeks $7.25M in arbitration, Rangers counter at $5.2M 24
- Capitals investment: Holtby signs five-year, $30.5M deal 21
- Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions? (138)
- NHL to ‘focus exclusively’ on expansion bids for Las Vegas and Quebec City (89)
- He’s baaaaaack: Leafs pull a stunner, hire Lamoriello as GM (Updated) (84)
- Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million (62)
- Bettman says NHL would have to ‘consider’ putting Quebec City in the Western Conference (61)