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Campbellnomics - Feb. 10

There's an old axiom in hockey that suggests they don't care how, they care how many. Well, at THN.com, we don't care how many. What we care about is how many were important.

That's the premise behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com and updated every Tuesday. Campbellnomics measures the offensive contributions, with a weighted emphasis on goals over assists, players make in key situations of the game.

We're not interested in who scores the sixth goal in a 6-2 game, but we do want to give credit to players who score the goal that put the team up 3-2, or the player who scored the first goal of the game.

Here's how it works: Players are awarded one point for a goal (including the shootout) and a half point for an assist – hey, this isn't minor hockey here and goals are more important than assists – when a goal is scored in the following situations: the first goal of a game, a goal that puts a team in a tie or ahead in a game, a comeback goal, a game-winning goal and an overtime goal.

A new wrinkle on Campbellnomics this season is the comeback goal. A comeback goal can only be scored when a team is trailing by two or more goals and that goal has a direct effect on his team getting back into the game. The goal must be one of goals scored in succession that result in the game later being tied.

This system both recognizes big goals and weighs them more heavily. For example, 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 a player scores the game-winner in a 1-0 overtime game, he gets four points – one for the first goal of the game, one for putting his team ahead, one for the game-winner and one for an overtime goal.

Obviously, the Campbellnomics rankings are sometimes radically different than the NHL scoring race because of the emphasis on important goals. For example, Sidney Crosby is No. 2 in NHL scoring, but is nowhere to be found in the top 20 in Campbellnomics. Conversely, Jonathan Toews is tied for 66th in NHL scoring, but is in the top 20 in Campbellnomics.

RANK

NHL RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

FIRST

 

AHEAD

 

TIED

 

COMEBACK

 

GAME-WINNER

 

OT

 

SO

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

G

A

G

A

G

A

G

A

G

A

G

A

 

 

1

6

Ryan Getzlaf

Ana

6

8

10

20

2

13

 

3

3

8

 

2

2

50

2

4

Pavel Datsyuk

Det

5

5

12

18

2

4

2

 

6

7

 

2

4

49

3

8

Jeff Carter

Phi

5

4

14

8

4

3

3

1

7

5

3

3

 

48

4

13

Marian Hossa

Det

6

2

17

6

4

5

 

2

7

1

1

 

2

45

5

7

Patrik Elias

NJ

3

5

10

10

4

7

 

 

6

7

1

1

3

42

6

3

Alex Ovechkin

Wash

3

8

11

13

3

6

2

2

6

3

2

 

 

41.5

7

36

Alexander Semin

Wash

4

7

10

12

3

5

1

1

5

3

1

1

1

40.5

 

5

Zach Parise

NJ

1

6

9

10

7

3

 

 

7

5

2

1

2

40.5

9

49

Nikolai Zherdev

NYR

4

7

8

14

1

5

2

 

3

5

 

1

5

39

10

29

Corey Perry

Ana

4

6

8

11

6

2

 

1

6

3

 

 

3

38.5

11

23

Mike Richards

Phi

3

3

8

12

2

8

 

2

4

7

2

1

3

38.5

12

1

Evgeni Malkin

Pit

1

7

6

12

3

11

2

1

2

11

1

1

1

37.5

 

15

Patrick Marleau

SJ

3

6

9

12

5

2

 

1

7

6

 

 

 

37.5

 

47

Ryane Clowe

SJ

3

8

7

9

2

6

2

1

3

4

 

1

3

37.5

 

33

Brad Boyes

StL

2

1

8

6

4

7

1

 

8

4

 

1

5

37.5

 

19

Daniel Sedin

Van

4

9

6

14

7

2

 

 

5

5

 

1

 

37.5

17

16

Thomas Vanek

Buf

3

8

12

9

4

1

1

 

5

4

 

 

1

37

 

T66

Jonathan Toews

Chi

2

6

8

9

3

5

 

1

7

4

 

1

4

37

 

27

Rick Nash

Clb

4

3

8

5

5

8

 

3

5

3

2

 

2

37

 

38

Travis Zajac

NJ

7

3

9

12

1

5

 

 

3

8

 

4

1

37

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