Nurse Taking Steps Forward

Matt Henderson
November 06 2016 06:27AM

The Oilers wanted a driver. They wanted someone who wasn’t going to sit idly by as the team continued to struggle. They wanted Darnell Nurse. We are a scant 12 games into his second NHL season as a 21-year-old young man, but we are seeing glimpses of what the Oilers thought they were getting when they drafted Sault Ste Marie’s athletic and competitive star blueliner.

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NHLN Notebook: 10-0, Shea Weber's luck, and Alex Burmistrov's career

Cam Lewis
November 05 2016 09:00AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the crap out of the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 10-0. It was probably the greatest game in franchise history, but, of course, all anybody can talk about is Shea Weber. 

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Beware of What Zone Starts are Telling You, Part II: Shot Metrics

Jeremy Davis
November 04 2016 06:03PM

In Part I of this series on zone starts, we discussed how coaches' are limited in their ability to completely control line deployment, particularly when we talking about only offensive and defensive zone shift starts (which make up a very small portion of all shift starts), as well as why the difference between zone starts and shift starts further muddies the relation between metrics like ZSR or OZS% and the actual intention of the coaches.

I hinted at the end that while starting in a specific zone has a large effect on the shot metrics for that particular shift, the overall effect of zone starts on measures like Corsi and Fenwick is actually quite small. In Part II of this series, we'll explore why that is the case, and discuss how metrics that adjust for zone starts function.

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Dangle Says Words

Steve Dangle
November 04 2016 05:47PM

Hi everybody! It's annoying Leafs person.

WAIT! Wait... This isn't a Leafs blog.

The Nation Network overlord people thought it would be fun for me to try a weekly nation-wide post. I told them that I don't get nearly enough hate on the Sportsnet Facebook page so that sounds like a great idea.

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Here's a few things I thought were noteworthy this week.

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Russell: Shift-by-shift

Jason Gregor
November 04 2016 03:35PM

Whether you watch the games, look at the stats page, or combine both, it is safe to say all of us usually miss many things in each game. We can't pick up everything watching the game live, and we can look at various stats afterwards, but they too don't tell us everything. 

It's what makes hockey debates so enjoyable or intense, because there is often more to the story.

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