December 27 2016 09:23AM
Over a large sample size, Corsi is one of the best measurements we have at the moment for team-level skill. While it's far from perfect, once you get 20 or 30 games into the season it does a pretty good job of predicting future goal scoring, and it's a pretty stable stat, less affected by randomness than most others. At the moment the Leafs are 12th in the NHL in score-adjusted Corsi with 52%. In fact, they're just .1% out of the top 10, so the Leafs are playing like a top 10 team in terms of shot attempts this season. That suggests the Leafs have been playing well at even strength this season.
However, their results have fluctuated quite a bit over the first three months of the season. Let's take a look at five-game rolling average of Corsi (this chart is not score-adjusted):
December 26 2016 08:56PM
In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.
Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods. The team seemed to be working well together, and their play saw a noticeable improvement as the game progressed.
December 26 2016 01:26PM
It's the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
December 24 2016 01:07PM
If hockey analysts aren’t arguing about Corsi and analytics, they are arguing about the value certain players bring to the locker room of their team. Many times these are players who are coined as having heart and grit, but their actual hockey skill is lacking.
Take a look across the league. There are players like Derek Dorsett, Matt Martin, Derek Engelland and more who are believed to have an immeasurable impact in the dressing room.
For the Jets specifically, they are frequently icing a lineup with Chris Thorburn and Mark Stuart in it. I am not in the dressing room, so I cannot see or quantify the impact they are making to the players around them but they are wasting a valuable roster spot if you are looking at what they bring skill wise.
December 24 2016 10:05AM
I can't think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than to take a beautiful Christmas song and use it as the motivation to write a whimsical, slightly lame article with a yuletide theme. But because I lack originality and yet also want to bring Christmas cheer, I present the 12 Flames of Christmas... a holiday wish-list for 12 members of your favourite team.