Money & Numbers

Steve Dangle
April 01 2014 10:12AM


Money is used for a lot of things.

Money pays the salaries of the hockey players we talk about. Money pays for the dentist appointment those players need after a rough game. Money even pays for the food we feed to the hamster we have running in a wheel to keep the power on at The Nation Network office. His name is Bruce.

How about your money?

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The Fantasy Minute

Nation World HQ
March 28 2014 07:21AM

Your fantasy hockey news and players to look for on the waiver wire this week.

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FenwickElo - Elo Rating System for the NHL Part 2

Josh W
March 26 2014 01:47PM


In my last post I introduced the concept of the Elo Rating System to use in evaluating NHL players. As a quick reminder the theory of the Elo Rating system was to try and rank players in the NHL based on who are on the ice for a lot of goals for vs against while trying to adjust for Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates.

The previous version was based on goal data only. This was due to a couple reasons, mostly due to speed issues as well as the length of time it takes to parse an NHL Play by Play Sheet (due to their horribly written HTML markup). This version I am introducing in this post is based shot data, as many of you have come back to me and suggested.

Read past the jump to learn the newest methods, results and more.

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March 21 2014 11:44AM

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Now most of my hockey fantasies include Jordan Eberle, a bottle of sherry, a roaring fire and a DVD of All Dogs Go To Heaven. So when I heard about a video called the Fantasy Minute I was understandably excited.

Today we are introducing the Fantasy Minute but be forewarned - it's about fantasy hockey not necessarily fantasies about hockey. Oh and the mega babe host. No big deal.

*cackles wildly*

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Elo for Evaluating Players

Josh W
March 18 2014 12:06PM


If you've ever seen the movie The Social Network you will remember the scene early on where Mark Zuckerberg creates a website which allows the students of Harvard to compare and rate the hotness of two randomly selected females from the university and over time this allowed the campus to see who the collective student body thought was the "hottest" looking.

The very algorithm that was explained to Zuckerberg by Edwardo Saverin was the Elo rating system and lately I've been playing with it to see how it can work in the context of rating hockey players.

Read on past the jump to learn the method and results.

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