The Friends with Numbers Podcast: Stanley Cup Final Recap

Dimitri Filipovic
June 26 2013 01:09PM

 

A memorable Stanley Cup Final is in the books, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the newly crowned champions. We take a look back at the 6-game series, debate who should have won the Conn Smythe, and try to figure out where this series stacks up against ones from previous years (in terms of entertainment value). At the end, we shift our attention towards the offseason, with a discussion about the Jonathan Bernier trade and Ilya Bryzgalov buyout.

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Which NHL teams employ "zone matching" the most?

Cam Charron
June 24 2013 07:31PM


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With John Tortorella coming to Vancouver, I admit I'm quite curious as to how he stacks up compared to Alain Vigneault in "zone matching", the practice of having your more offensive centremen take faceoffs in the offensive zone and your more defensive forwards take faceoffs in the defensive zone.

Thomas Drance made the point over at Canucks Army that Alain Vigneault is going to become very familiar with Brian Boyle this season. Boyle, like Manny Malhotra or Maxim Lapierre in Vancouver, took a large percentage of his faceoffs in the defensive end, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan were left with a lot more offensive zone opportunities.

Tortorella, like Vigneault, subscribes to the practice. Here's a primer on zone matching, along with a comment that the practice has become increasingly more common over the last two seasons. Which teams did it the most in 2013?

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PRAY FOR CALGARY

Wanye
June 21 2013 11:53AM

 

Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

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Nation Network Mock Draft: Final Rankings

Jonathan Willis
June 15 2013 07:04AM

Over the past few days, the readers of the various sites in the Nation Network have been voting on their rankings of prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Today, we reveal the results.

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Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Day 3

Jonathan Willis
June 14 2013 10:10AM

The Nation Network’s 2013 Mock Draft continues, with the close of the first round.

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