Having Some Fun With the Passing Project: Dangerous Duos

September 09 2016 10:04AM

Over the past several months, Ryan Stimson's (@RK_Stimp) passing project has been bringing new information to the public about what types of passing sequences lead to the most dangerous types of shots. Ryan, Sean TierneyGus Katsaros and others have written excellent pieces on how this data can be used to analyze team performance. I've written a couple of pieces attempting to evaluate individual player performance based on the data tracked in the project. All of this work is based around the concept of primary shot contributions (PSC), which include all shots and primary shot assists. As I've been working with the data, one idea has always followed me. I want to know which two players combine to create the most dangerous shots for their teams. Using the weighted PSC metric that I introduced earlier this week, I can finally take a first look at exploring this idea.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 09 2016 05:00AM


Win tickets to the premier of Ice Guardians in Toronto, Nylander vs Marner, Canucks hire former player, Jets can't wait for Patrik Laine, X-factors for Flames this season, Oiler line combos, Team North America preview, World Cup news, the expansion draft, a classic scrap from the NHL's latest hire, Dailyfaceoff's fantasy draft kit and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Is Tampa Bay's 'Yzerplan' really the ideal blueprint?

Bill Morran
September 08 2016 01:34PM

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No GM had a better off-season this year than Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman. You can tell this because of all the people who are saying it. Had Yzerman not had the best off-season, very few people would say it. But of course, people are saying it, because it's Steve Yzerman. Yzerman has transcended being underrated. He is now underrated (and classy) to an extent in which he's simply too underrated (and classy) for us to describe with mere human words. We all recognize the brilliance, the humility, the leadership, the greatness, and the goodness of Steve Yzerman, but we can never really give him the credit he deserves. 

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Waiting for Gaudreau: The biggest contracts in Calgary Flames history

Ryan Pike
September 08 2016 08:00AM

We're now into World Cup of Hockey season, meaning we may be waiting for a while for news relating to Johnny Gaudreau's contract extension. With this lull, it's probably a good time to take a look at some of the richest deals in club history – particularly given Sean Monahan's recent long-term, big-money extension.

Here's a brief snapshot of the most expensive deals in Flames history. Where do you think Gaudreau's deal, whenever it occurs, will fall within these lists?

Active contracts are bolded.

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September 07 2016 09:06PM

A year ago, we were talking about the one open spot among the Oilers top two lines: 2RW. Today, on the eve of training camp, 2RW stands as the unsolved mystery inside the top 6F.

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