Number Chains - November 19, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 19 2012 12:10PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number twelve of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

Harrison Mooney was able to have more fun writing a post during the lockout than anyone else thus far. On Sunday, the lord's day, Harrison wrote about the booming sex industry in Canada with the lockout in full swing. As he and this quote from the Toronto Sun put it:

According to Vinay Morker, the owner of Edmonton's Hush Lingerie and More boutique, sales of his sex merch have gone up 15% since October. From the Toronto Sun:

"When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time," Morker said. "And there's nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend."

Morker said Hush's main clientele is couples looking to "expand their horizons" and he's seen a 15% jump in the sales of their sex toys, lingerie, games and sexual guides, like The Kama Sutra, since October.

The post goes out with a bang and a quasi-salute to our own Eric T when alternative opening lines for the post were discussed:

With no hockey on the schedule, NHL diehards have turned to creating zone entries on their own.

Bravo. We might not have hockey, but we have zone entry sex jokes. Less sex, but more stats and lockout posts are after the jump.

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Best of the Nation – 11.18.12

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2012 08:23AM

After the jump, some of the best general interest articles from the Nation Network this week. Topics include (but are not limited to, he said in a lawyerly, small print voice): Justin Schultz, whether older players get worse over the course of a long season (don't break a hip, Ryan), the best bargains in the NHL, Hall of Fame inductees Pavel Bure and Barrie Stafford, the best and worst in jerseys, a player who isn't happy with his NHL '13 rating, and of course the lockout.

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Number Chains - November 16, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 16 2012 03:35PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number eleven of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

As the lockout drags on we have more and more lockout-related posts. I'm doing what I can to fill this space with as few lockout posts as reasonably possible. If you want to see more lockout posts feel free to let me know. With that being said, here is the least surprising story to come out of the lockout. NBA Commisioner David Stern fully supports his protege Gary Bettman:

A year after a lockout that delayed the start of the season to Dec. 25, Stern was critical of hockey union head Donald Fehr for his side's negotiating stance in the current NHL lockout. Fehr said that sports with salary caps are more prone to lockouts because of their labor structure.

Stern disagreed and said the 50-50 sharing arrangement agreed to by the NFL and NBA, and proposed by NHL owners, was fair.

"They have no choice but to stand and protect such business model as will be left when the negotiations finish," he said.

After the jump a weeks worth of statistical goodness can be found.

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The Friends with Numbers Podcast, Episode 1: "This Would Be A Lot Better If We Had Internet"

NHLnumbers Podcast
November 16 2012 09:27AM

This marks the debut of the 'Friends with Numbers' podcast, that Cam Charron and I will be doing until we're (forcefully) told to put our microphones away. 

What does this podcast entail, exactly, is a question that you may be asking. It'll mostly serve as a platform for us to discuss certain things that have caught our eye in the world of hockey; whether it's a team's success, a player's underlying numbers, or general concepts regarding the game. Obviously there will be an emphasis on numbers, given that this is the NHLNumbers network, but even if you're not all that fluent in that sort of speak, you'll hopefully be able to hang around with us.

We would love to hear from you, the listener, for suggestions on future topics of discussion. Rather than us just being in our own little world, we'd like to make this as interactive a show as possible. Feel free to tweet either myself, or Cam.

Click Past the Jump to Listen to the Podcast.

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Using Goal Differential to Predict the Future

Scott Reynolds
November 15 2012 04:26PM


Photo by Jeff Nelson via Wikimedia Commons

 At the start of each season, all teams are equal in the standings. A team that was among the league's worst a season ago is tied for first at the beginning of October December, and hope springs eternal for all but the most browbeaten fanbases. Of course, those particularly unfortunate fans remember something important that many fans like to forget: every team has a past, and that past matters. Sure, teams change in the off-season but there's a lot of continuity too, which means that, even when we confine ourselves to a simple thing like the previous season's goal differential, we can get a pretty decent idea of what can be reasonably expected in the year to come.

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