Just How Valuable is Henrik Sedin?

That's Offside!
October 27 2014 04:21PM

To a certain degree, we all know that the Vancouver Canucks are a one-line team. Sure, the second line of Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino, and Alex Burrows has played some quality hockey to begin the year, but let's face facts here: without Henrik Sedin, the Canucks are far worse than they are with him.

But how much worse are they? Is it possible that losing their captain turns the Canucks into Connor McDavid sweepstakes contenders? How does their depth compare to the rest of the teams in the NHL? Read past the jump to find out.

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Fantasy Minute: Waiver Wire

Nation World HQ
October 25 2014 09:45AM

The Fantasy Minute is a quick run through the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy low-sell high candidates for the week. (Based on 12 team leagues)

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Score-Adjusted PDO

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October 24 2014 09:21AM

PDO histograms
Normal distributions of team PDO over nine seasons at each score situation

The idea that PDO converges to a value of 1.000 (or 100.0 or 1000 depending where you want your decimal point) over long periods of time is a useful one for hockey analysts. However, it can also provide an additional lens on performance over short periods of time. Knowing that the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage will eventually converge to 1 can indicate whether the short term results are indicative of what we can expect over larger samples.

You can call it a measure of luck or randomness or chance or bounces or whatever. The point is that they all even out eventually.

Or do they? 

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
October 24 2014 07:00AM


The Canucks adjusted plus/minus, T.J. Brodie signs on the cheap, Oilers are streaking, Yakupov, Draisaitl, Richard Peddie, the Twitter crowd and more in this weeks Roundup.

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Flames Fancy Stats 8-Game Check-In

Ryan Pike
October 23 2014 01:57AM

Folks, eight games are in the books for the Calgary Flames, which means we're approximately 10% of the way through the regular-season schedule. In addition to realizing how quickly the season actually flies by, it's a chance to take a quick (and very preliminary) glance at the analytics behind the Flames successes and struggles thus far.

And remember the oft-repeated mantra of the analytics community: "sample size!" It's just 8 games - 6 of which were on the road. Take these numbers for a small sample of a long, long season and with the appropriate shaker-full of salt.

Percentage stats are all even-strength, except for zone entries (which is more of a tendencies measure than a possession stat). Only players who have played 5 or more games have been included here, so this excludes defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Josh Jooris, David Jones, Brian McGrattan and Devin Setoguchi.

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