CWHL Numbers: Clarkson Cup playoff preview

Angelica Rodriguez, Zoë Hayden, Valerie Chiasson
February 25 2015 10:41AM

(Original image courtesy: Brandon Taylor / CWHL)

Editor's note: The seventh annual Clarkson Cup playoff tournament will be contested in Markham, On. from March 4-7th. 

Named after former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the Clarkson Cup is the CWHL's prestigious championship trophy. In roughly a week, four teams will play for a chance to hoist it: the Boston Blade, the Calgary Inferno, the Montreal Stars, and the defending champion Toronto Furies. 

To prepare you for all the action, our CWHL writers Valerie Chiasson, Angelica Rodriguez and Zoë Hayden have put together an extensive preview.

Read on past the jump!

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Nation World HQ
February 22 2015 02:00PM

NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).

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First Star, Worst Star: February 22, 2015

February 22 2015 12:53PM


Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star. 

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The Hart Trophy Race: This may be the year it isn't won by a forward!

Cam Lewis
February 22 2015 09:00AM

As we enter the final stretch of the season and teams battle for playoff positions, the races for the league’s individual awards also begin to heat up. Of all the awards, the Hart Trophy race for the league's most valuable player might be the most wide open and difficult to predict. Nobody is running away with the scoring lead, as 10 players are within seven points of first place. On top of that, this may be the first time we see the Hart award to somebody other than a forward since Jose Theodore won it back in 2002. 

I can see a lot of players getting the nod for the league’s most valuable player when it’s all said and done, but currently, 10 players stand out to me based on how valuable they are to their respective teams, how well their teams are performing, and what I think the voters will be looking at when they cast their ballots. 

Let’s take a look.

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Enhanced Evaluation Techniques: 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'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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