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Campbellnomics - Feb. 5

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The Red Wings are far and away the best team so far this year, so it should come as no surprise Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk now own the top two spots in Campbellnomics. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Campbellnomics - Feb. 5

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At thehockeynews.com, we don't ask how or even how many. We ask: How many of them were important?

That's the crux behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com that measures meaningful goals. We're not concerned with who scores the sixth goal in a 6-1 game. We're more concerned with the players who can be counted on to contribute when it matters most.

And since goals should be worth more than assists, goals in this system count for one point, assists for a half. And points are awarded only when the following goals are scored: the first goal of a game, a goal that puts the team ahead or into a tie, game-winning goals, overtime goals and shootout goals.

Some goals are worth more than one point. For example, the first goal of the game is always worth two points, one for the first of the game and another for putting the team ahead. So if a player scores the shootout winner in a 1-0 victory, as Ales Hemsky did for the Oilers on Nov. 14, that player receives 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 shootout.

Campbellnomics
RK. NHL RK. NAME TEAM FIRST AHEAD TIE GWG OT SOG TOTAL
        G A G A G A G A G A G  
1 6 Pavel Datsyuk Det 8 12 12 19 2 7 6 11     4 56.5
2 5 Henrik Zetterberg Det 11 5 16 12 6 5 6 5     3 55.5
3 4 Jarome Iginla Cgy 6 7 16 12 5 6 6 4 1   2 50.5
4 8 Sidney Crosby Pit 6 10 10 21   7 5 10   1 2 47.5
5 1 Alex Ovechkin Wsh 5 3 14 8 8 5 7 3 1 1 1 46
6 53 Brad Boyes StL 8 6 16 7 5 4 5 1     2 45
7 7 Ilya Kovalchuk Atl 3 4 11 8 12 2 5 3 1 2 2 43.5
8 11 Joe Thornton SJ 4 14 8 21 2 7 3 7     1 42.5
  3 Vincent Lecavalier TB 6 6 11 9 5 8 6 4     1 42.5
  41 Ales Hemsky Edm 4 9 8 13 4 9 5 2     5 42.5
11 2 Daniel Alfredsson Ott 4 7 10 11 4 3 5 9   1 2 40.5
12 29 Shawn Horcoff Edm 4 5 9 10 3 6 6 4   1 5 40
13 18 Mats Sundin Tor 1 12 5 17 5 7 5 3   2 3 39.5
  21 Daniel Sedin Van 6 4 10 12 3 2 6 6 1 1 1 39.5
15 15 Ryan Getzlaf Ana 3 8 6 14 6 7 3 8   1 1 38
16 13 Mike Ribeiro Dal 5 8 8 14 3 5 3 6 1   1 37.5
  32 Kristian Huselius Cgy 3 7 10 12 3 1 5 5     4 37.5
18 19 Marian Gaborik Min 4 7 10 8 3 7 6 2 1   1 37
  22 Scott Gomez NYR 7 8 7 16 3 4 2 6   2   37
20 23 Olli Jokinen Fla 3 3 5 9 9 8 3 4   1 3 35.5
  7 Evgeni Malkin Pit 4 7 8 14 6 6 2 3       35.5

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