Your Graphic Guide To 2014

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December 03 2013 08:46AM

Give the gift of time!

It's like Christmas, your birthday and April Fool's Day all wrapped up in one!

This year, you can give the gift of time.

And I don't mean a lousy wristwatch. I mean, they can't even be bothered to put a full day on a watch. Twelve hours, sheesh.

No, instead of a measly twelve hours, you can give out twelve months! That's like giving someone 365 watches. How generous is that?!!

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A Graphic Guide To Advanced Hockey Stats

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October 10 2013 01:20PM

I WATCH THE GAMES!!!!1

If you're a regular reader here at Canucks Army, you are likely familiar with most of the new stats that we use to analyze players and games. Sure, everyone likes a good story, but good stories don't win you the Cup. Not cinderella stories, not chronicles of heroism, and certainly not a tale of destiny. Sigh.

No, what wins you the Cup is good old fashioned luck.

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Permanent Decertification is Certifiable

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December 21 2012 10:10PM

Decertification is certifiable

The momentum is growing. Every day the calls to decertify or otherwise disband the NHLPA are growing. And I don't mean from NHL players.

No, hockey fans and media alike are now so fed up with what passes for collective bargaining in the NHL that they want to blow up the entire system. We're not talking just decertifying for the purposes of forcing the NHL to actually make a deal under threat of anti-trust lawsuits, i.e. what the NHL is alleging and what the NHLPA surely intends to do.

No, there are now calls to permanently abolish the NHLPA and in so doing completely free up all restrictions to player movement, including the NHL draft.

Personally, I'm not so sure this is a great idea...

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CBA NEGOTATIONS HAVE BEEN A FLOP, BUT NOW TAKE A TURN

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December 13 2012 11:24PM

NHL CBA is a flop

It took a long time, but it looks like we're now at the final table in this high stakes game of poker that is the NHL CBA negotations.

And yes, this this is and always has been a heads up game. Neither you, nor I, nor any of the tens of thousands tens of hundreds tens out there that organized or took part in sit-ins, petitions or protests have a seat at this table, despite the fact that both sides are playing with our money.

Although, is this really any different that the real world? I mean, this pretty much describes our government institutions, and even more so the professional gamblers on the investment banking circuit that nearly blew up the house of cards that is our global financial system.

But I digress. Let's have a look at where we are heading into this final round...

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Another Look At How Goalies Age: Can we correct for bias?

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December 10 2012 12:05PM

 Another look at goalie aging

The topic of how goalie age affects on-ice performance came up again last week, first with a post from Steve Burtch over at PPP, followed by a response from Eric T. here at NHLNumbers. Although Steve's post was about the Leafs' quest for an average goalie, he made the observation that "the correlation between goaltender performance and age is nil." Eric's main critique was that the analysis did not take into account "survivorship bias," that is: only the better goalies actually manage to stick around into their late 30s, so this will bias the observed performance of older goalies upward.

In an effort to further the debate, I would like to propose a methodology that controls for "survivorship bias," as well as an alternative way to account for systemic changes in the game that might impact save percentages on the whole.

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