This is where the analytics folks begin to lose me. They’ll claim the regular season has more statistical significance than the playoffs, thus those results should matter more. And while from a stats standpoint that does make sense, it doesn’t take into account the reality that the two types of games are actually played very differently. But since that difference is extremely difficult to quantify, they simply pretend it doesn’t exists. I can watch Artemi Panarin in the regular season and in the playoffs and totally understand that the guy’s regular season stats are likely inflated by the fact that defenses play a lot looser in the regular season. Just because you haven’t been able to quantify that yet doesn’t mean it isn’t real. The playoffs *should* matter more for the stats guys. They just need to find data points that are plentiful enough in a small number of games to prove that point.