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Point Shots: The benefit of using hits instead of penalty minutes

Updated: November 13, 2008, 2:24 PM ET
By Jim Wilkie | Special to ESPN.com

Ever since ESPN.com first offered fantasy hockey in the 1990s, I've had qualms about having penalty minutes as a category in the game.

I know I'm not the only one who felt it was unnecessary to include a statistic that, more often than not, hurt a player's real team instead of helping it. But with no other way to value "toughness," I brushed it off and squeezed the most I could out of Donald Brashear and Georges Laraque for many years.

Things have changed this season. Thankfully, ...

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