The Log Off Podcast: with Jamie McLennan

Dimitri Filipovic
July 23 2014 11:55AM

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Former NHL goaltender and current TSN/NHL Network analyst Jamie McLennan joined the show this week to discuss the usage of analytics in front offices around the league, the progressive acceptance of them in the mainstream, and how we can better understand and analyze the volatile goaltending position moving forward.


Thanks for listening!

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 ???
July 23 2014, 07:25PM
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A terrific interview, Dimitri. MacLelland really shows off his intelligence once he's no longer constrained by having to give 45 second answers to canned questions. (Boy, those Vegas conversations with Iginla et al make me wish I could be a fly on the wall.) And you asked great questions.

But MacLelland's analysis of Ryan Miller has gotta give Canuck fans some concern, no?

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#2 Peterman
July 25 2014, 11:46AM
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Interesting on how JM talks about scoring chances. Patrick Roy thinks along similar lines. With regards to the Avs, obviously percentages will catch up to you, and PR has admitted a few times he would like overall shots against to decrease. However, PR has stated he doesn't care so much about shots as much as scoring chances. I'll go further to mention that PR also likes to use the phrase "managing the game" quite often. Giving up a goal when you're up by three doesn't mean the same as giving up a tying goal, same thing when you track PIMs. My point: people underestimate PR (and, by default, the Avs) because he's not a Corsi/Fenwick guy. PA Parenteau was traded away because he didn't have a "Stanley Cup attitude"; he took lazy penalties at bad times and didn't commit to a team game. Everyone knows about Briere's playoff history, but I wonder if that translates to "managing a game" consistently as well. My suspicion is: yes.

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#3 David Johnson
July 27 2014, 12:05PM
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I just got around to listening to this interview and I must say I found it very interesting.

I found the discussion around analytics and how it relates to goalies particularly interesting. As someone who has been mocked by analytic types for even suggesting that defenseman (or anyone for that matter) can influence save percentage through good or bad play it was good to see an open discussion about this. Many of the same people who jump all over Steve Simmons for for being so closed minded towards analytics jump all over me (and apparently McLennan too) for suggesting something so radical as defensemen might be able to impact save percentage.

It is good to see more hockey people like McClennan getting involved in hockey analytics. His view is a view that has been lacking in analytics thus far and he and guys like him can help bridge the gap between the two sides (Kyle Dubas' greatest strength might be being able to be that bridge for the Leafs organization). When open minded and inquisitive "hockey people" join up with open minded and inquisitive "numbers people" we all win.

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