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Pat Quinn on Scoring Chances

In Pat Quinn's post-game interview he mentioned the Oilers internal scoring chance count for the game on Saturday against the Flames.  Quinn's final tally was 21-15 in favour of the Flames with Marc Pouliot having more chances than most of the Oiler forwards.  As most of you know, Dennis King has been counting scoring chances for the Oilers this season and he had the scoring chances from Saturday's game as 26-10 in favour of Calgary with nothing particularly special for Pouliot. 

Now, 26-10 and 21-15 are two very different hockey games.  Kent Wilson is also counting scoring chances this season for the Flames but he hasn't logged this game quite yet, what with all the trade activity over the last couple of days.  I'm going to be very interested to see what Kent comes up with for this one.  Assuming Kent's take is similar to that of Dennis (though I expect there to be fewer chances overall from Kent who tends to be a bit more conservative) what are some possible explanations for the discrepancy?  Maybe Quinn misspoke and six was really supposed to be sixteen. Maybe a "scoring chance" has a substantially different definition for the Oilers than it has for us.  Maybe Quinn is trying to make the Oilers sound better than they actually were in the media.  Maybe Dennis was drinking while logging the chances :)  I'm not sure but it sure would be exciting to get a log of all of the times the Oilers counted a scoring chance if 21-15 represents the real tally.

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