Here's a response. Not great, but just what I can come up with right now.
May I first remind you that Buffalo Sabres goaltending coach Jim Corsi (or maybe even the stats keepers at the 1972 Summit Series) first started tracking the statistic. So apparently someone important though it was worth something.
But neither compares to the incessant baseball-ization of the game that has become even more absurd than fans dressed as hockey pucks bouncing off each other in a humiliating race around the rink.
So what if it's becoming like baseball? That means hockey will be wildly popular very soon. Numbers help people understand the game.