Archives for November 15 2013

How Much Difference Do NHL Coaches Make?

Nick Emptage
November 15 2013 03:27PM

 

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(Nicholas Emptage is a numbers-oriented bloke who runs Puck Prediction. He will be chipping in around here from time to time)

There are few things more reliable in the world of hockey than the tendency of fans to question their teams' coaches and this NHL season is no different.

Poor starts have already cost the Flyers' Peter Laviolette and the Sabres' Ron Rolston their jobs. Canadiens' fans are criticizing the decision-making of Michel Therrien, and supporters of the Rangers, Canucks, and other teams have already put their head coaches under fire.

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Measuring Possession in the American Hockey League

Josh W
November 15 2013 07:34AM

Possession is a performance metric that has been well tracked, documented and analyzed by those in the hockey analytics community. The simple premise is if you have the puck more, you are more likely to score and less likely to be scored against.  Strong possession teams have shown to consistently do well over the long term. While the NHL has a plethora of data, other hockey leagues barely track a small percentage of what the NHL makes available. 

Read on to see my attempt at a proxy for possession in the American Hockey League...

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