November 28 2016 03:27PM
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If you're a believer that even the most objective, soulless attempts at building something special will come with familiar feeling narratives and storylines, you have to know what's coming. There's obviously no tangible guarantee, but even in regards to an organization of newfound silence, everything about the speculation connects the Leafs to Dougie Hamilton makes sense.
November 28 2016 01:42PM
It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.
Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).
November 28 2016 11:00AM
At this point, Rangers vs. Flyers the day after Thanksgiving has become a part of the holiday tradition (or just another hockey game if you’re Canadian). And if you watched, you saw the Rangers eke out a win in front of an exceptional performance by Henrik Lundqvist.
You may have also noticed that the Rangers didn’t play particularly well, not having the puck much but capitalizing on their scoring chances when they did. This has been the story of the Rangers for some time now, with the team miraculously pulling out wins despite poor process – the Rangers currently have a league-high 12.15% shooting percentage.
All of this leads to a very valid question: what’s going on with the New York
November 28 2016 10:56AM
The Edmonton Oilers tweeted out that defenseman Mark Fayne has been placed on waivers.
November 27 2016 08:12AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs powerplay was confounding in Mike Babcock's first season as head coach of the team. They were 3rd in the NHL in shot attempt rate at 5v4, at 103.6 attempts per 60 minutes. Even more impressive, they were 1st in scoring chance rate, at 28.7 scoring chances per 60 minutes, a good ways ahead of 2nd place San Jose, who fired 26.3 SCF/60. And yet, despite all those opportunities, the Leafs struggled to score powerplay goals. They finished 29th in the NHL in powerplay success rate and were 3rd last in S%.
This year the story is markedly different. The team has fallen to 23rd in the league in shot attempts, generating 84.5 CF/60, an 18% decrease in shot volume. Scoring chances paint a slightly rosier picture. The Leafs SC/60 at 5v4 is 11th in the league, with 24.3 SC/60 representing a drop of 15%. But the Leafs are much more successful on the powerplay this year, with a 9th ranked powerplay that's scoring on nearly 2% more of its shots.
What explains the difference between the Leafs powerplay in these two seasons?