Vegas Maybe, VEGAS!!!

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December 11 2014 10:30AM

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I'm not sure if it's hallucinations due to heat stroke or just another dream of striking it rich on the Strip, but it looks like Gary Bettman and the NHL are seriously entertaining the idea of putting another team in the desert.

Whatever the case, I hope they wind up selling the arena rights to the Mirage Hotel & Casino, because boy is the thought of an NHL franchise thriving in Vegas ever an illusion.

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Score-Adjusted PDO

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October 24 2014 09:21AM

PDO histograms
Normal distributions of team PDO over nine seasons at each score situation

The idea that PDO converges to a value of 1.000 (or 100.0 or 1000 depending where you want your decimal point) over long periods of time is a useful one for hockey analysts. However, it can also provide an additional lens on performance over short periods of time. Knowing that the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage will eventually converge to 1 can indicate whether the short term results are indicative of what we can expect over larger samples.

You can call it a measure of luck or randomness or chance or bounces or whatever. The point is that they all even out eventually.

Or do they? 

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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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