November 15 2013 03:27PM
(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.
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...
November 14 2013 11:20AM
TSN flashed its projection for the Canadian Olympic roster last night, and while there are players to complain about, as always, when you're stacking 30 capable players onto a 23-man roster, there's going to be disagreement. You can quibble with Patrice Bergeron being off the team in favour of Jeff Carter, quibble with Martin St. Louis not making the cut, or quibble with the logic that Chris Kunitz is the only left winger in the world that plays well next to Sidney Crosby.
But the defence is where I have the biggest issue. Currently, TSN has P.K. Subban, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, on the team's "fifth pairing", effectively as a bubble player. Why?
Via Sean Mort
You always hear about how size is an asset in the game. But do players with size actually have demonstrably better careers than their counterparts?
With the help of reader Byron Bader (who compiled the raw numbers and provided some analysis), we're going to take a look and see if that's the case or not.
November 04 2013 02:12PM
The 2007-2008 Atlanta Thrashers are generally regarded as the worst team to play in the Behind the Net era. Their possession numbers / scoring-chance differentials were ghastly, and even the most inferior teams since then have failed to match Atlanta's abortive brand of hockey.
But this year, a significantly more formidable challenger to the throne of possession-dominated has emerged ...