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Alex Ovechkin sits atop the Campbellnomics standings for the fourth straight week. (Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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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.

Campbellnomics
RANK NHL RANK PLAYER TEAM FIRST AHEAD TIED COMEBACK GWG OT SO TOTAL
        G A G A G A G A G A G A    
1 2 Alex Ovechkin Wsh 4 2 6 2 2 3 1   4 1     1 22
2 15 Sidney Crosby Pit 2   5   1 2 1   4       3 18
3 T31 Mike Cammalleri Mtl 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 16
4 T60 Milan Hejduk Col 2 2 5 3         3 2     2 15.5
  7 Ryan Smyth LA 2 4 2 5 2 2 1   2 2       15.5
6 4 Rick Nash Clb 3   3 5 2 2     1 4   1   15
7 23 Ales Hemsky Edm 1 3 3 4   3 1 2 1 2     1 14
8 T25 Zach Parise NJ 2 1 3 5   1     1 4     2 13.5
9 T9 Nicklas Backstrom Wsh 1 3 2 5 2 3   1   3     1 13.5
  16 James Neal Dal 1 1 3 2 3   1   2 1 1     13
  20 Alex Semin Wsh 2 3 4 4 1 2     1 1       13
12 T64 Ed Jovanovski Pho 2 2 3 2   3     3 1 1     13
  T31 Brenden Morrow Dal 2 2 3 3 1 1   1 2         11.5
  T30 Mikko Koivu Min 1 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1   1 1 11.5
  102 Scott Gomez Mtl 1 1 2 2 1 1   1 2 1   1 2 11.5
  T42 Ales Kotalik NYR 1 2 3 3 2 1   1 1 2       11.5
  T38 Mike Green Wsh 1 4 1 9     1     3   1   11.5
18 30 Wojtek Wolski Col 1 1 4 3       1 3 2       11.5
  T138 Marc Savard Bos 2 1 3 1     1   3   1     11
  T9 Vaclav Prospal NYR 2 1 3 3   1   1 2 2       11
  11 Dany Heatley SJ 1 1 3 1 2     3 1 1     1 11
  T25 Brooks Laich Wsh 1 1 3 3 1     1 2 1 1     11
  T19 Mike Richards Phi 3 1 4 2 1       1 1       11
  1 Anze Kopitar LA 3 2 3 3   2     1 1       11

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