Enhanced Evaluation Techniques: NHL.com introduces advanced stats site, renames Corsi

Thomas Drance
February 20 2015 09:52AM

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Corsi, Fenwick, PDO and rate stats have come to the NHL's official website. Sort of.

On Friday morning, the NHL rolled out a new page of advanced team and player stats with their "Enhanced Stats" resource page. The page itself is clean and well designed, and the stats we've been discussing for the past seven years are now officially recognized. Although the metrics have been renamed, the NHL is now officially onboard. That matters. 

It's also the big picture takeaway here, and it's a significant shift, an important moment in the history of hockey analytics. Blogging is all about optimism and overreaction though, so in that spirit, let's look into what NHL.com's enhanced statistic site is offering - let's discuss what it does well, what it could do better - and give our initial reaction.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 20 2015 06:30AM

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The Canucks won't part with future at deadline, Oilers find silver lining, Florida likes Kessel, the Jets and Flames go rental shopping, Fantasy, Fights and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Eyes on the Dollar: New York Rangers

Cam Lewis
February 19 2015 01:12PM

I don’t think it’s even news at this point, but as we all know, the NHL’s Salary Cap figures are directly tied to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Back in January, Gary Bettman suggested if the dollar stayed where it was at $0.80, the cap ceiling for the 2015-16 season would end up being around $71 million. As a result, this has put a lot of teams in a really sticky situation. 

I already went through and looked at the teams who are really getting messed up by the declining dollar — the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Philadelphia Flyers — and now I’m going to look at some teams who aren’t exactly in cap hell, but will be forced to make some difficult decisions this summer due to the shrinking ceiling. 

The first team in that category is last year’s Eastern Conference Champion and one of the hottest teams in the league, the New York Rangers. Let’s take a look at what’s happening on Broadway. 

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Four guys stand out in the race for the Selke Trophy

Cam Lewis
February 18 2015 03:47PM

With teams hitting the final stretch of the season, discussion around competition for individual awards has started to heat up. Last year, Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game by a wide margin. This award is somewhat difficult to gauge, mainly because it’s voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, a combination of individuals who have varying stances on the validity of advanced stats in hockey, and I'm (obviously) not completely sure what each voter is going to base their vote on. Regardless, there are four players, including Bergeron, who break away from the pack as the most valuable defensive forwards in the game.

Let’s take a look

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The Calder Trophy race: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

Cam Lewis
February 17 2015 08:20AM

Along with the NHL’s playoff races, the competition for the league’s individual awards is heating up as we head into the final stretch of the season. Of all the awards, the Calder Trophy seems to be the most obvious choice at this point. Filip Forsberg has already put up 19 goals and 50 points and has helped his Nashville Predators transform from a middling team into a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. While Forsberg’s season has been incredibly impressive, a few other guys — including a 19-year old rock in Florida — may give him a run for money when it’s all said and done.

Let’s take a look.

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