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A look at the impact of special teams on wins and losses

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The Montreal Canadiens finished the 2011-12 season with the 18th-best goals for/against ratio at even-strength. In fact, they were a "plus" even-strength team through much of the first-half. The team absolutely struggled on the powerplay; ending the year with the 28th ranked powerplay, after treading water at 29th and 30th much of the season. Thankfully, the penalty-killing held the fort; finishing second in the league with a success-rate of 88.6%. Communicating the results is easy. The challenge becomes figuring out what produced those results, and what impact those events had on the win/loss column

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