Why the "Scoring Chance" is a flawed metric, and how we can improve on it

Loserpoints
November 16 2016 10:00AM

Last week, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella sent hockey Twitter into another round of arguing about which statistics are and aren't meaningful when he denounced both corsi and fenwick

Hearing an NHL coach say that shots and unblocked shots are not meaningful in measuring team performance is patently absurd, but Tortorella long ago passed into self-parody so any discussion on that topic is a waste of time for all involved. 

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NHLN Power Rankings: Nov. 15, 2016

Scott Maxwell
November 15 2016 03:24PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note:

All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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NHLN Notebook: The Rangers are succeeding with four scoring lines, The Islanders are imploding

Cam Lewis
November 15 2016 11:00AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

It's the New York edition! The Rangers have been operating with four scoring lines, like many have been suggesting teams do for quite some time now, and it's working nicely for them. The Islanders, on the other hand, are a complete dumpster fire, which certainly wasn't expected. 

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A fifth of the way there

Zach Laing
November 15 2016 07:00AM

My favourite stats website is back up and running and in doing some looking around, a few stats have caught my eye.

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Watch the Game Episode 8: The Enigmatic Edmonton Oilers with Jonathan Willis

Watch The Game Podcast
November 14 2016 04:19PM

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Cam and Sam discuss the NHL at the Olympics, hockey in Arizona, and the standings after one month before being joined with Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation to discuss one of the league's most confusing teams. 

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