First Star, Worst Star: December 7, 2014

December 07 2014 07:30AM


Death, taxes, and the Oilers never winning a game. Some things in life are certain, just like I'm certain that it's time once again for another edition of First Star, Worst Star. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 05 2014 07:30AM

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Canucks luck, Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner, Oiler fans, Darryl Katz, Flames scoring chances, a new comic and more in this week's Roundup.

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The Fantasy Minute

Nation World HQ
December 04 2014 09:35AM

NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and Here’s a quick run through of 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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A Tale of Three Cities: A Series of Charts

Ryan Pike
December 03 2014 11:29AM

The Calgary Flames are a successful team, standings-wise. They enter today's NHL action with a 16-8-2 record, good for a 65.4 points percentage despite the Flames not having an amazing Corsi For percentage, which is held by the analytics community as a predictor of wins and points.

For some added context on how the Flames are doing, let's compare them with Edmonton and Buffalo - two truly not-good teams - on a Rolling 10 Game basis!

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The Vancouver Canucks Have Been Lucky

Josh W
December 02 2014 09:15AM

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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