NHLNumbers Predictive Power Rankings, 3/17/13

Derek Zona
March 17 2013 07:45AM

Tyler Seguin
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Time is running out on those teams chasing cursed lady luck. The Kings have come charging from way back, but Anaheim's goaltenders are keeping the Ducks afloat.  The Wild keep hitting the hard-ways and grabbing points from the rest of the conference and get to play the awful Northwest to close out the season - no team outside of the Southeast plays an easier schedule the rest of the way.  And the Leafs, oh those Leafs, have used an incredible special teams heater to overcome their shot woes.

These rankings aren't presented as a look at the current standings or last couple of weeks' worth of performances.  Our goal is to build a predictive model that gives us a glimpse into the season-ending standings and first-round playoff matchups.  Our rankings aren't based solely on the current NHL standings, though points earned are a significant portion of the model, they are based on a number of underlying metrics so the rankings are constantly in flux. This week we've added remaining opponents in the hopes of building a better model.

We're still tweaking that model, so we're not quite ready to unveil it, but consider this NHLNumbers' current best effort at predicting the standings and playoff pairings at the end of the season.  One item of note - 38% of the game is luck, and we don't attempt to predict or model that 38%, and we don't plan to.

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Toronto's Penalty Kill Success - Can It Last?

Derek Zona
March 12 2013 12:09PM

Iceberg
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While the argument in Toronto has centered around shot rates and shooting percentage, there's another metric to keep your eye on in Toronto - penalty kill percentage.

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NHLNumbers Predictive Power Rankings, 3/10/13

Derek Zona
March 10 2013 08:43AM

Rob Scuderi, Jonathan Quick
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Half-way through the season and not much is changing in the predictive power rankings even though we're still adding to the model.  One item of note is the race for 8th in the Western Conference.  If Kari Lehtonen is healthy, Dallas is clear of the bottom portion of the conference for the last playoff spot.  Minnesota, Calgary and Phoenix are clumped together behind the Stars as the 9th, 10th and 11th best teams in the West.  Even though the Wild aren't better than last year's team, and Calgary is a mess in goal, they have an advantage over the Stars and Coyotes - they play each other and the awful Oilers and Avalanche a combined 7 times before the season is over. 

These rankings aren't presented as a look at the current standings or last couple of weeks' worth of performances.  Our goal is to build a predictive model that gives us a glimpse into the season-ending standings and first-round playoff matchups.  Our rankings aren't based solely on the current NHL standings, though points earned are a significant portion of the model, they are based on a number of underlying metrics so the rankings are constantly in flux. This week we've added remaining opponents in the hopes of building a better model.

We're still tweaking that model, so we're not quite ready to unveil it, but consider this NHLNumbers' current best effort at predicting the standings and playoff pairings at the end of the season.  One item of note - 38% of the game is luck, and we don't attempt to predict or model that 38%, and we don't plan to.

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Numbers You Need To Know: #2 - Seth Jones

Derek Zona
March 07 2013 07:31AM


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Seth Jones is likely to be the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.  Jones has pulled away from Nathan MacKinnon in the  NHLNumbers Conensus Top 100.  The Scouting Report is included in those rankings and has Jones at #1 overall:

An excellent skater especially for his size, Jones is a rare combination of athleticism and skill.  More than capable of playing in the NHL next year, Jones will be a quality transition defenseman with top 4 capabilities from day 1.  A strong slap shot and good hockey sense will allow him to also see powerplay minutes early in his career.

Though he'll be the #1 overall pick, he'll be #2 in the NHL.  After Jones is drafted by the Blue Jackets, Oilers or whatever team wins the new lottery, he will suit up for his first NHL game sometime in October.  When he does, Seth Jones will become only the second player named Seth to ever play in the NHL.  Seth Martin, a goaltender for the St. Louis Blues, played 30 games in 1967-68.  Jones will surpass that games played mark some time before Christmas.

 

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2013 NHL Mock Draft - Seth Jones Goes To Columbus

Derek Zona
March 05 2013 10:42AM

Ryan Murray
Will Kekalainen add Seth Jones to Ryan Murray on the blueline, or will he go with Drouin or MacKinnon?
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Seth Jones has seperated himself from the pack and has become a strong be to be the first overall pick at the NHL Draft in June.  There's just one problem - the Blue Jackets drafted defender Ryan Murray last season at #2 overall after losing the draft lottery to the Edmonton Oilers.  Will Columbus take another blueliner or will Jarmo Kekalainen go with Nathan MacKinnon or the fast-rising Jonathan Drouin at #1 and leave Jones for the Buffalo Sabres?

Poor Columbus.  Just a month ago, they had three picks in the top 12 at #5, #8, and #12.  As the Rangers and Kings move up in the standings, those picks are falling through the first round.  Our Predictive Model shows the Jackets drafting #1, #19 and #21 now.

The mock draft uses the NHLNumbers Predictive Model and the NHL Numbers Consensus Top 100 List for the picks.  The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzieFuture ConsiderationsISSRyan KennedyCraig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.

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