NHLnumbers Podcast: Stanley Cup Finals Preview Show

NHLnumbers Podcast
May 29 2012 06:14AM

In our Stanley Cup Finals preview, we had a four-person panel consisting of John Fischer from In Lou We Trust and our own Brent, also from Driving Play, for the Devils' side of things as well as Niesy and Robert P. from Jewels from the Crown to give us the view from the Kings' angle.

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Which Goalies Got Crapped On: Statistically Smacking the Stick on the Ice

Ben Wendorf
May 28 2012 01:40PM



Anybody who has played goaltender (anywhere, ice hockey, ball hockey, rod hockey) will tell you: it blows to play behind a crappy team. They'll also tell you it sucks to play behind a team that takes too many penalties, pretty much guaranteeing you see more puck than a goaltender for Mongolia.  

We spend a lot of time slicing and dicing goaltending statistics, trying to isolate variables and determine talent, but we don't always look at what kind of team is playing in front of them. There's a reason for that; lest I be guilty of bearing the lede, Fenwick Close had zero correlation with 5v5 save percentage this last year, and in fact has had a slight negative correlation with 5v5 save percentage over the last five seasons.  

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NHLNumbers Logo Contest Entries

Kent Wilson
May 28 2012 11:55AM



Just over a week ago we announced a contest to design a new NHLNumbers logo. And aside from those designers who castigated us for soliciting spec work or something, the response was fairly positive. We received a number of excellent entries which we have been poring over with serious minds and profound thoughts.

It's too difficult a decision for us, I think, so we'd like reader impressions as well. We'll forgo the easily skew-able web poll in favor of yays or nays in the comments. Share your thoughts and we'll pick the winner from the finalists by the end of the day.

Thanks again to to everyone who participated.

First up we have what was obviously the strongest submission -

Luckily it was from Nations Network owner Wanye Gretz who was therefore ineligible to enter. Nevertheless, he clearly set a pretty high bar.

Following in no particular order are the true potentials:

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Dominik Hasek wants to play in the NHL again

Jonathan Willis
May 27 2012 08:09PM

It’s hard to believe, but a 47-year old Dominik Hasek is once again pursuing a job as an NHL goaltender.

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The impact of a goaltender's puckhandling skills

Eric T.
May 27 2012 04:30PM

Photo by slgckgc via Wikimedia Commons

Bruce McCurdy had an excellent piece recently in which he tracked every time Ilya Bryzgalov and Martin Brodeur touched the puck during the Devils-Flyers series to show what a big difference there can be in puck-handling skills.

The difference was enormous -- Brodeur had 90 good passes and 8 bad ones to Bryzgalov's 15 and 10. When there was no safe pass, Brodeur cleared the puck away from the forecheckers 32 times to Bryzgalov's 13. There could be no question that Brodeur was playing the puck much more effectively than Bryzgalov.

Yet what was missing from the article was an assessment of how much that mattered. How much value does all of that skilled puck-handling add?

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