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Secondary Sid?
Dec. 17, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007

One of the more constant "criticisms" of Sidney Crosby is that the bulk of his points come off secondary assists. Because getting points is... you know... a bad thing to do apparently.

Well even if it were a worthwhile thing to give Crosby grief over, it's simply not accurate.

Broken down by the games in which he scored this season, this is how Crosby's statistics look:

Date Goals Primary Assists Secondary Assists
Dec. 15 1 - -
Dec. 11 - - 2
Dec. 5 - 2 1
Dec. 3 - 1 -
Dec. 1 - 1 -
Nov. 30 2 - -
Nov. 24 1 1 -
Nov. 22 - 1 -
Nov. 17 1 1 -
Nov. 15 - 1 -
Nov. 12 1 - 1
Nov. 10 - - 1
Nov. 8 - 1 -
Nov. 7 - 1 -
Nov. 5 2 - -
Nov. 3 - - 1
Nov. 1 2 - -
Oct. 30 1 3 -
Oct. 27 1 - -
Oct. 25 1 1 -
Oct. 23 - - 1
Oct. 20 - 1 -
Oct. 19 - 1 1
Oct. 17 - 2 -
Oct. 13 2 - -
Oct. 10 - - 1
Oct. 6 - 1 -
Totals
(Percentage of Points)
15 (35%) 19 (44%) 9 (21%)


According to James Mirtle, Crosby isn't even anywhere near the league leaders in secondary assists.

So while there are plenty valid complaints of Crosby's game (he tends to go down a little too easily sometimes in order to draw penalties in our book), ripping him for loading up on secondary assists in order to bulk up his points totals is stupid and inaccurate.

In honor of busting this myth, we now offer you an a piece from MythBusters (with the lovely Kari Byron) on how ballistics gel works:

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Tyler Kennedy, top-line winger?

-Connor James is hungry, in more ways than one.

-The Penguins aren't exactly the Broad Street Bullies.

-Gene Warner of the Buffalo News had a pretty good piece on how the rink for the AARP Energy Classic with be constructed.

-Wayne Fish of the Bucks County Courier Times has a little bit more information about the potential outdoor game at Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley between the Flyers and Penguins.

-Check out this promo from NBC for the Winter Classic.

-Sun Media did a poll of NHL players and found that Sidney Crosby was at the top of a lot of lists. George Laraque was voted as the league's best fighter.

-Tim Brent had two assists for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win at Philadelphia.

-Kevin Croxton had two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 6-5 shootout loss to Dayton.

Atlantic Division

-John Madden scored two goals for the Devils in a 4-2 win against the Flyers.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe says the monster deal the Flyers signed with forward Mike Richards didn't make much sense.

-Chris Simon's teammates on the Islanders even had a hard time supporting him after he stomped on Jarkko Ruutu.

-Speaking of social miscreants, Flyers prospect Steve Downie got into some trouble again.

Northeast Division

-Senators forward Mike Fisher will miss two games with an oblique injury.

Southeast Division

-Tomas Vokoun made 44 saves for the Panthers who claimed a 3-1 win in Chicago.

-Seems that the Penguins aren't the only ones that don't like the Flyers. Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose tried to confront Flyers forward Scott Upshall after their game Saturday in order to "kick him in the face."

-Hurricanes forward Cory Stillman will be out about 10 days with a knee injury.

-Panthers forward Ville Peltonen will be out approximately a month with a broken foot.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is dealing with some injuries.

Northwest Division

-Kristian Huselius had a goal and four assist for the Flames in a 5-3 win at St. Louis. The win was the 600th in the career of head coach Mike Keenan.

-The Flames are... uh... hot right now (pardon the pun). They've won six of their last seven games and five in a row. Huselius has scored 11 points in his last three games while Jarome Iginla has 10 in his last four.

-Flames players Mark Smith and Dion Phaneuf play Guitar Hero:

-Oilers rookies Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner and Tom Gilbert play Guitar Hero too. And they have a pretty sweet pad:

(Kudos to Covered In Oil for spotting that.)

-Avalanche center Joe Sakic is dealing with a pretty bad groin injury.

-Former Predators owner Craig Leipold "no-commented" on a report that he wants to purchase the Minnesota Wild.

Pacific Division

-Scott Niedermayer returned from "retirement" but Joe Thornton's shootout goal lifted the Sharks to a 2-1 win at Anaheim. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, the second overall pick in the 2005 draft after Sidney Crosby, scored his first career goal. The competition if officially on between him and Crosby.

-In Wayne Gretzky's first game at Madison Square Garden since he retired as a player in 1999, Joel Perrault had two goals and an assist and led the Coyotes to 5-1 thumping of the Rangers. The Ranger have now lost five of their last six.

-The Kings expect goaltender Jason LaBarbera to return to the lineup tonight.

Smythe Division

-Neil Best of Newsday reviewed Center Ice Online.

-The NHLPA has invited commissioner Gary Bettman to address players at its summer meetings. It is the first time Bettman has received an invitation from the union in his 15 years of running the league.

-Former Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph and former Penguins Shawn Heins and Dominic Pittis were named to Canada's roster for the 2007 Spengler Cup.

First published on December 17, 2007 at 1:43 pm