Russell: Shift-by-shift

Jason Gregor
November 04 2016 03:35PM

Whether you watch the games, look at the stats page, or combine both, it is safe to say all of us usually miss many things in each game. We can't pick up everything watching the game live, and we can look at various stats afterwards, but they too don't tell us everything. 

It's what makes hockey debates so enjoyable or intense, because there is often more to the story.

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Stat that could scare the NHL

Jason Gregor
October 27 2016 02:25PM

Math

The Edmonton Oilers are 6-1.
They are in first place in the Western Conference.
Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 11 points.

Many felt the last of those three was possible, but no one had the Oilers storming out the gate like they have. In their six wins they have outscored their opponents 25-11.

They are playing like a legitimate playoff contender, but there is one odd stat which stands out.

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WCOH GAME 2: Canada vs. USA

Jason Gregor
September 20 2016 12:20PM

What a glorious day.

Canada can knock the USA out of the tournament with a victory tonight. A win would give the Red and White a 2-0 record and guarantee them a berth in the playoff round, along with Team Europe, while the USA would play the Czech Republic in a meaningless game on Thursday.

How fun would it be to end the American's tournament after only two games? I'd say about a trillion times more fun than it was to be a fan of any Canadian NHL team last year. You've earned it.

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Was Gretzky good, average or bad at drafting?

Jason Gregor
August 05 2016 08:43AM

LookingBack

What should we consider a success when looking at a five-year span of NHL drafts? If a team lands one superstar and a few solid players is that good? Do you need to have one solid player from each year? I think we will all have different views of success, and after a conversation on twitter with Jonathan Willis I wanted to look at all 30 teams draft success between 2007-2011.

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NHL and Analytics: Not as clear cut as we think

Jason Gregor
July 19 2016 12:44PM

Math

Is the NHL opposed to analytics?

Not at all, but teams will not quantify their value equally all the time, just like pro and amateur scouts grade out players differently when they watch them.

The simple truth is analytics in hockey are not as clear cut as some want to believe.

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