August 04 2016 08:00AM
Today we'll take all of my accrued Flames data and compare it against the opposition to see how things shake out.
Reminder: I reviewed every played minute of each game in question, broke the data down into called and uncalled infractions, then into physical and technical categories and ranked them on a scale: 0 for fantasy or ghost calls, 1 for weak or marginal, 2 for fair or earned, 3 for blatant or obvious.
I realize that a five game sample is in no way statistically significant, therefore what I'm looking at here is using the data collected to examine things from more of a sociological perspective. In other words, looking at behaviours of the teams and officials, asserting or refuting arguments with regards to referees and how they officiate the game, and so on.
August 03 2016 11:00AM
Previously (here) I had examined the role of called and uncalled infractions on two Flames games. In the second of this series we'll be looking at three games: the March 31 3-0 loss to the Kings, a 7-3 smackdown of the Canucks on April 7 and the April 5 5-4 overtime loss to the aforementioned Kings.
To save space, I'd direct any questions on the methods to the first in the series where I explain why I'm doing this, how I go about it, and some of the basis premises on officiating we are looking to apply here.
August 02 2016 11:00AM
In March I took an interest in examining called and uncalled penalties and undertook an exercise to record and examine the relative rates at which a team committed a foul and how often they were penalized.
The primary focus of this project was the Oilers, but I gathered corresponding data on the Flames and a few other teams to use as a sort of control group against which to compare the Oilers' data.
I realized quickly that the Flames' data could, in and of itself, provide some intriguing insight into how the officials interact with the Flames.
July 31 2013 10:44PM
This is the third in a series of articles looking at the history of the NHL Entry Draft from 1979 to 2008. I have tabulated every pick made by every team during that time, selecting out the players who managed 200+ NHL games as draft successes. The initial look is a simple study wherein I credit a team with finding an NHL player, regardless of their draft position or impact on the NHL. The notable weaknesses of this approach are that it evens the playing field between the 3rd line journeyman winger and the franchise defenseman.
July 10 2013 09:57AM
When one thinks of the 90s and NHL drafting it usually draws up images of a draft wasteland, devoid of the flash and skill we enjoyed in the 80s and centered on the occasions like the one above. There were two catastrophic draft years in the 90s, both of them near the tail end. The decade of NHL drafting from 1990 to 1999 was something of a paradox where the overall numbers of NHL players actually stabilized remarkably, but simultaneously delivered few elite-level talents to the league.