Watch the Game Episode 38: Eastern Conference Preview with Ryan Wilson

Watch The Game Podcast
September 27 2017 07:00AM

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Sam and Cam are back! They talk about the upcoming 2017-18 season beginning with the Eastern Conference. They talk about whether the Metropolitan Division is as deep as experts say and if the Atlantic Division can bounce back in a big way. (00:12-34:49)

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NHL Preseason: Perception vs. Reality

Jayson Spikes
September 25 2017 02:08PM

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Players cannot possibly care as much about the preseason as the regular season. It’s simply human nature, and I think, as fans, we get that, usually.

Until, y’know, the Oilers start 5-0, the Flames start 2-2, Leafs start 2-2, the Canucks start 2-3-1 and the Golden Knights almost score double digits in their franchise debut. Then it can be hard as a fan to not get excited (if you're an Oilers fan), anxious (if you're a Flames, Leafs or Canucks fan) or bewildered (if you understand the phrase “expansion team”).

So today I wanted to blog about the possibility that the public systematically underestimates the impact low or zero motivation may have on the outcome of games. The was explored in the gambling context by Preseason bias in the NFL and NBA betting markets, where the authors found compelling evidence to support the case.

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Who's going to win it all in 2018?

Nation World HQ
September 25 2017 01:57PM

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The 2017-18 NHL season is right around the corner. With the off-season — loaded with an interesting wrinkle with an expansion team from Las Vegas joining the fold — all wrapped up, we can start to make predictions as to how this season is going to unfold. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter the year looking to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup three times in a row since the New York Islanders dynasty of the late 1970s. Those Islanders teams were dethroned by a young Edmonton Oilers squad, much like how Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl's group will aim to take down the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin juggernaut. 

So, who's going win it all this year? With the dust of the off-season settled, reviewing a trusted sportsbook like Bodog can give us some insight into the future. 

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Corsica Joins The Nation Network

Nation World HQ
September 25 2017 12:00PM

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We are pleased to announce a new partnership between the Nation Network and Corsica.

Corsica was founded and is operated by Emmanuel Perry, one of the brightest young minds in hockey analytics. Corsica is renowned in the hockey analytics community for not only second-to-none player statistics and tools for analysis, but also progressive research in advancing the way in which we understand the sport. This new partnership with Manny and his website will bring all of that specialized data and research to our readers at the Nation Network.

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Prospect Statistics Have Moved Far Beyond Looking at Point Totals

Jeremy Davis
September 19 2017 09:29AM

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I, like many hockey nuts across Canada, have a subscription to the Athletic. It’s one of the few sports publications I’ve been willing to pay for, and that has a lot to do with their lineup of writers. Analytically oriented writers Tyler Dellow and Dom Luszczyszyn played a major role in that, not to mention that them landing Corey Pronman allowed me to discontinue my ESPN Insider subscription. Another major factor was the hiring of Justin Bourne, whose most recent gig was as a video coach for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

What got me excited about the Bourne addition is that his focus area has previously been on scouting and systems analysis, which is an area that I’d like to improve in. I was genuinely obsessed with the systems articles that he used to produce for The Score before taking the job with the Marlies in 2015.

While I’m still looking forward to what Bourne has to say about hockey strategies and video analysis for both NHL and non-NHL players, one of his recent articles for The Athletic suggests to me that his knowledge of prospect statistics and analytics is lagging a bit behind. The piece, titled “When Evaluating Players, Gauging Opportunity They’ve Been Given is Crucial” laments the lack of available statistics for prospects beyond raw points. (Paywall, obviously.)

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