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Preds' Laviolette: Ignoring analytics 'would not be wise on my part'

Preds' Laviolette: Ignoring analytics 'would not be wise on my part'
Published On: Mon, Jun 05
Apr 15, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette (C) questions a call from behind the bench during the first overtime period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game one of the first round of the the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the Nashville Predators run to the Stanley Cup Final, coach Peter Laviolette has often referred to analytics when asked to assess a player.

Laviolette won't go into the numbers themselves, and also emphasizes what he sees from watching them play, but analytics are clearly a part of Laviolette's evaluation process.

"I think to ignore that information would be not wise on my part," Laviolette said Sunday. "There's a lot of information out there that can help guide you to how your team's playing, how a player's playing, how a line is playing, how a matchup works.

"There's just a lot of information out there. I think you're crazy not to use that information."

That information strongly suggested the Predators should have been optimistic of their chances after losing the first two games of the Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they were rewarded for their strong play with a 5-1 win at home in Game 3 on Saturday.

Game 4 is Monday at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

The Predators had controlled the shot attempts at 5-on-5 in five of the six periods that were played in Pittsburgh, an overall advantage of 91-60, or 60.3 percent, through two games. Nashville had more scoring chances, more high-danger chances, more everything, but were down 2-0 in the series.

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