The Vancouver Canucks Have Been Lucky

Josh W
December 02 2014 09:15AM

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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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Thesis: Forecasting Success in the National Hockey League Using In-Game Statistics and Textual Data

Josh W
September 25 2014 03:07PM

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Since 2012 I have been working on my Masters of Computer Science at the University of Ottawa.  My focus area was in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.  Last year I managed to convince my supervisor to allow me to explore hockey analytics with machine learning and thankfully, after much effort, I was allowed to go forth with this project.

After a long year of both research, and dealing with the bureaucratic burden of the university, my thesis was finally accepted and has now been published by the university. 

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 7

Josh W
June 23 2014 12:36PM

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Credit to Reddit's /r/hockey

With hockey being officially over and the World Cup in full effect it seems there has been much less interest this week in hockey analytics research. The past 7 days have many provided us with fewer articles than we've had in the past, but there's still some interesting little nuggets to pass along.

Read on past the jump for a look at the most worthwhile things I could scrounge up, you fellow nerds. If you'd like to make sure that something you've either written or stumbled upon gets included in future editions, feel free to send them my way.

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 6

Josh W
June 16 2014 01:58PM

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The Rangers deploying advanced systems tactics

Welcome to this week's version of the Journal of Hockey Analytics. The final game of hockey for the 2013-14 season has been played, which means that all of your favourite bloggers and writers will now be turning their attention towards the future; the draft, free agency, and trades.

So for your slow Monday at work, continue past the jump for analysis of draft picks, and lots of cool little nuggets regarding neutral zone data and luck!

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 5

Josh W
June 09 2014 10:48AM

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Welcome to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. I have payed attention to the links flying across the Twittersphere all week to bring you the latest and greatest (and maybe some terrible links, don't hold me accountable!) in the field of hockey analytics research. Hopefully this will either help with your next project, or just act as a resource for killing another slow day at work.

For analysis on why Jonathan Quick hasn't been very good, Stanley Cup Final goodies, some more analysis on why people should stop overrating Quick, and more -- continue past the jump.

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