Half-Season Team Fenwick Close

Travis Yost
August 29 2013 11:17AM



One of my biggest complaints with the data currently compiled by various hockey databases is that none of it, at least that I am aware of, allows for a user to restrict components of individual or team averages by date. This becomes particularly problematic when looking for trends in data that don't necessarily manifest in year-long averages.

No one was particularly surprised when Montreal lost to a comparatively strong Ottawa team, and data-friendly hockey fans saw Detroit giving Anaheim a world of trouble in round one. But, splitting the numbers to focus on the more-recent team data would have provided us with a far more definitive look at other match-ups, including that four-game sweep of the Vancouver Cauncks by the San Jose Sharks.

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Nations Network Podcast: "I Feel No Support From This *Bleeping* Idiot"

Dimitri Filipovic
August 23 2013 12:52PM

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Cam Charron, hockey blogger, doesn't have too many things in common with the fantastic Belarussian two-way hockey player Mikhail Grabovski. However, as it turns out, they could both use some additional support. Fortunately for Grabovski, at the time of the taping, it was announced that he had been given 3,000,000 votes of confidence by the Washington Capitals. Cam is still searching, and I hope that I can provide it.

It has been a while since we've recorded a podcast, but that's understandable given how little has been going on in the NHL. We'll be picking back up with our weekly schedule in the coming weeks as we aim to preview the upcoming season and provide some predictions. This time around, we talk about some of the more recent offseason moves, and look at the Restricted Free Agent still left without new contracts. 

Click past the jump to stream the podcast!

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The Curious Case of Matt Stajan

August 23 2013 09:21AM

Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames 12/5/10

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

I've said for a couple of seasons now that I think Matt Stajan is still a quality player. Even when he was in the midst of his .3 PPG season in 2011-2012, some were still defending him even though scores of Flames fans clamored for a buyout. With him entering perhaps his final season in Calgary, it's time to examine exactly what went wrong.

Let's take a look at the numbers and do some analysis.

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Tough to Play Against

Travis Yost
August 20 2013 12:11AM




It's that time of the hockey year when every young forward who sits above league-average size bills himself as the next Milan Lucic. Derek Zona has already talked about this plenty. Over at LeafsNation, Cam Charron was forced to do the same.

What drives me absolutely batty about the obsession with developing and acquiring toughess is the tangentially-related obsession with hitting. For every David Backes and Scott Hartnell type, there are a litany of forwards who are more or less hitting because they're never in possession of the puck. We already know that at the team-level, teams win far more often when they're getting out-hit. Which, of course, makes looking at individual data fun!

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Can You Predict NHL Success From +1 Season Data?

August 14 2013 02:00PM


We’ve heard a lot about draft year scoring and how it predicts NHL performance - but that's not where a prospect's pre-NHL development usually ends. So the question is, do subsequent seasons such as a player’s performance in his draft+1 year help forecast future NHL success or failure?

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