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Monday’s Dump & Chase: Hits?

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Preds ranked second last out of all bubble teams in hits/60.

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Out of Bubble Teams, Predators 23rd Out of 24 in Hits/60 (via @thehockeyopinion on Instagram).

Interesting. On one hand, hits are generally an atrocious indicator of if a team is successful. Teams don’t generate hits when they have the puck—or, if they do, they get two minutes for interference. Usually if a team hits a lot, they are defending. Teams can still be physical and not hit a lot simply because they are too busy controlling play, with the Colorado Avalanche being a great example. Additionally, a modern school of tactic thought is that hitting removes the hitter from the rest of the play, a theory with substantial support.

Nonetheless, four of the top five teams made the conference finals. It certainly looks like hitting has been a winning formula. Coincidence or causation? Sound off in the comments.