The Vancouver Canucks Have Been Lucky

Josh W
December 02 2014 09:15AM

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Courtesy: @VanCanucks

Luck plays a massive role in determining the outcome of National Hockey League games, mostly due to the parity, introduced by the salary cap, and because of the relatively low number of events per game.

When we talk about luck within the analytics circles it is often assumed we are referring to PDO. This is normally true, but PDO does not capture all portions of results that are outside of players' control.  So far the Canucks have a fairly normal PDO but they still have been receiving the benefits of luck other teams have not.

Read past the jump if you’re feeling lucky.

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Oilers Power Play By The Numbers

Matt Henderson
December 02 2014 07:30AM

Just the facts

The Oilers are a team much improved by number in their 5v5 play. They are still the Oilers though and that means mind boggling blunder after mind boggling blunder, but they are getting better at keeping shots and shot attempts even at least. But what about that Power Play? It is ranked near the bottom of the league despite being loaded with about 17 1st Overall picks and more than enough fire power to take down an Elephant. OilersNation does not approve hunting Elephants. We only hunt the Most Dangerous Game.

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First Star, Worst Star: November 30, 2014

jeanshorts
November 30 2014 07:30AM

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It's Sunday, it's colder than something that is, like, INCREDIBLY cold outside, and you can't watch football ALL day, so why not hunker down in your favorite footy pyjamas and take a gander at this week's First Star, Worst Star!

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
November 28 2014 07:30AM


Yakupov's usage, Oilers fire goalie coach, Canucks player grades, Pat Quinn, Flames luck, Leafs fenwick, gassing the salute, and more in this weeks Roundup.

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The Leafs' Fenwick and Their Historical Playoff Odds

Shawn Reis
November 25 2014 02:30PM

The Leafs currently sit 23rd in the league with a 47.78% Fenwick and seem to have settled into the 47% range as a season average over the last few games.  It's an improvement on the last couple of seasons and certainly makes their chances of getting into the playoffs better.  But by how much?

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