Adjusted hit totals
The NHL keeps track of a large variety of statistics, many of which are subjective in nature. The most subjective might be the hits statistic. What really is a hit? There is the pound the opposing player through the glass hit and then there are the almost incidental bumps which depending on severity may be classified a hit by some and not a hit by others. And looking at the stats, there is no real standard because some stats keepers in some cities seem to give players credit for a ton of hits while other cities are far more stingy in crediting players with a hit. One way to eliminate the bias teams will have by playing in their home arena 41 times a year is to just look at their road hits as a more unbiased indication of how frequently they hit opposing players.
In the table below you will find each teams home and road hits per game, as well as the visiting teams hits per game and the average of all visiting teams road hits per game (exp. hits). The hit bias gives an indication of how many more or fewer hits are credited to players in games in that city which is calculated by (home/road + visitor/exp.visitor)/2.
As an example, Anaheim gets credited with 13.26 hits per home game and 22.07 hits per road game. Teams visiting Anaheim get credited with 8.84 hits pre game when playing in Anaheim and they average 15.52 hits per game in all of their road games. Those sets of numbers indicate a huge difference between how Anaheim game monitors credit hits than the rest of the league. Overall, hits are credited to players in Anaheim at a rate about 40% less than the average other city. On the opposite end of the spectrum,teams playing in Carolina get credited with 70% more hits than the average city.
So, armed with this information we can adjust team and players hit totals accordingly. Below is a table showing each teams adjusted hit totals which should give a much more realistic representation of a teams level of physical play.
The above table can also be found by clicking on the link in the left menu and that table will be updated manually. You will also find each players adjusted hits in the left menu as well. I will be updating these tables semi-regularly (hopefully at least once a week) so you can all see how your favourite teams and players are doing in the physical play department.