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Why not rock, paper, scissors?

There's another in-depth piece posted over at Hockey Analytics covering the shootout, and its impact on the 2005-06 season at both a team and individual level. If you're still hungover from last night, you may want to wait a day before digging in, lest you pull a lobe or something...

The most interesting part, to me, is where Alan notes certain players whose contribution to team success was mostly due to their shootout results, rather than production during "normal" play during the first 65 minutes of game time. I would think those guys might have a false sense of security in their standing in the NHL. Give 'em a month or two without such shootout results, and GM's might look for more reliable players. There may be a few teams in the league that can carry a shootout specialist on the roster, but especially in the salary cap era, that comes at a cost somewhere else...