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Campbellnomics - Dec. 1

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Sidney Crosby's Nov. 28 three-goal, five-point night helped the Penguins beat the Rangers 8-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Campbellnomics - Dec. 1

Ken Campbell
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They don’t ask how, they ask how many. Here at THN we don’t ask how many, we ask how many of them mattered.

That’s the essence of Campbellnomics a statistic exclusive to THN.com that provides a tangible measure for meaningful goals and situational scoring.

Here’s how it works.

Points are scored in the Campbellnomics system only on goals that matter relative to the result and the time of the game. We’re not interested in the player who scores the fifth and sixth goals in a 6-2 victory, but we are interested in players who score in the following circumstances: the first goal of the game; a goal that puts a player’s team ahead in the game; a goal that pulls a player’s team into a tie; any goal that leads to a comeback; a game-winning goal; an overtime goal; and, a shootout goal.

There are, however, a couple of other wrinkles in Campbellnomics that you won’t find in the NHL’s statistics. First, we believe a goal is worth more than an assist and that’s why goals are worth one point in Campbellnomics and assists are worth a half a point. We also have a different idea of what constitutes a game-winning goal. The NHL defines a game-winner as the goal that provided the margin of victory, but we define a game-winner as the goal that put the team ahead in the game to stay.

Therefore, if a player scores the all-important first goal of the game, he automatically receives two points, one for the first goal of the game and one for putting his team ahead. If he scores the overtime winner or the deciding goal in a shootout, he receives three points – one for putting his team ahead, one for the game-winner and one for the overtime/shootout goal.

The ultimate Campbellnomics goal would be an overtime goal or shootout deciding goal in a 1-0 victory, as Cory Stillman of the Florida Panthers did against the Montreal Canadiens last week. That would give the scorer four points – one for the first goal of the game, one for putting his team ahead, one for the game-winner and one for the overtime/shootout goal.

Obviously, there are some stark differences between Campbellnomics and the NHL scoring race. For example, Patrick Marleau is sixth in NHL scoring and Corey Perry is seventh, but neither is anywhere to be found in the top 20 of Campbellnomics, while Teemu Selanne is 57th in NHL scoring, but is third in Campbellnomics.

CAMPBELLNOMICS
RK
NHL RK
PLAYER
TEAM
FIRST
AHEAD
TIED
COMEBACK
GWG
OT
SO
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
G
A
G
A
G
A
G
A
G
A
G
A
 
 
1
3
Sidney Crosby
Pit
3
2
9
3
2
4
1
 
7
1
1
 
3
32
2
T8
Alex Ovechkin
Wsh
6
2
8
2
3
6
1
 
5
1
 
 
1
29.5
3
57
Teemu Selanne
Ana
4
1
8
2
3
3
1
 
6
1
 
1
2
28
4
T12
Jarome Iginla
Cgy
6
2
9
2
2
2
 
1
5
1
1
 
 
27
 
39
Mike Cammalleri
Mtl
3
2
6
5
3
2
3
1
3
1
1
1
2
27
6
T10
Zach Parise
NJ
3
2
5
8
2
3
1
 
2
6
 
 
3
25.5
7
T63
Milan Hejduk
Col
4
2
9
3
1
 
 
1
5
2
 
 
2
25
8
4
Anze Kopitar
LA
4
4
6
6
2
3
 
 
3
1
 
 
2
24
9
14
Rick Nash
Clb
4
 
4
6
4
3
 
 
2
4
 
1
2
23
10
T46
Jamie Langenbrunner
NJ
2
3
4
7
1
2
 
2
3
4
 
 
3
22
11
5
Brad Richards
Dal
2
6
3
11
1
4
 
2
1
4
 
 
1
21.5
 
T12
Steven Stamkos
TB
2
 
4
1
5
4
2
1
3
1
1
 
1
21.5
13
1
Marian Gaborik
NYR
4
1
5
2
4
3
2
 
2
2
 
 
 
21
 
T8
Dany Heatley
SJ
2
3
7
4
4
 
 
3
1
2
 
 
1
21
15
T31
Mikko Koivu
Min
1
2
3
6
2
3
1
2
2
3
 
1
3
20.5
 
T48
Mike Fisher
Ott
1
3
6
4
2
2
 
 
4
1
2
1
 
20.5
 
2
Joe Thornton
SJ
2
3
3
11
 
5
 
3
2
5
 
 
 
20.5
18
18
Henrik Zetterberg
Det
1
3
4
6
2
2
1
2
3
1
 
 
2
20
 
19
Nicklas Backstrom
Wsh
1
3
3
7
3
3
 
2
1
5
 
 
2
20
20
T36
Ryan Smyth
LA
3
6
3
7
2
2
1
 
2
2
 
 
 
19.5
 
56
Vincent Lecavalier
TB
3
4
4
4
1
5
 
1
2
3
 
 
1
19.5

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