February 11 2014 07:22PM


Can it really be 4 years since the Olympics in Vancouver already? Simple math would suggest that is the case but we have a sneaking suspicion we may have fallen through some sort of worm hole or rip in the space time continuum. It seriously can't be 4 years can it? Hmm.

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The Log Off Podcast: "Anyone that thinks Jeff Carter doesn't have a high compete level needs to watch him play beer pong"

Dimitri Filipovic
February 10 2014 02:17PM

Topics covered on today's edition of the show:

  • Quick recap of this past week's slate of NHL games (with a focus on Leafs/Canucks)
  • Just how important is to have your owner, GM, coach, and players all in sync?
  • Who the hell is Kristers Gudlevskis
  • Thoughts on Team Canada's initial line combinations
  • How big of an impact will the big ice in Sochi actually have on the game?
  • Cam announces my punishment for losing last weekend's picks contest.

Click past the jump to stream the podcast!

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Machine Learning & Pre-Game Text Reports to Forecast Success in Hockey

Josh W
February 08 2014 10:06AM

In the final part of my Machine Learning (ML) / Prediction series I’ve explored the ability to forecast games using Natural Language Processing (NL) and text, specifically the text from the pre-game reports on NHL.com. While this research is much more in depth on the ML/NLP side of things I’ve tried to minimize that and focus this post on the hockey #fancystats. If you are interested in learning more about the ML and NLP techniques send me a message and I can share that academic research.

To learn how I used text to predict games, click past the jump.


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The Log Off Podcast: "LOG OFF, GARTH!"

Dimitri Filipovic
February 07 2014 02:26PM

Topics covered on today's edition of the show:

  • The trade between the Islanders and Blackhawks. Why, Garth? You need to log off already. 
  • A look at the impending FA market, and how the league's parity could impact the deadline.
  • Most importantly, we made our picks for this weekend. Loser has to track Latvia/Switzerland.

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Scoring Chances: Toronto @ Florida

Dimitri Filipovic
February 05 2014 12:06AM

The Wolverine was a beast in this one, but who in a Panthers uniform wasn't, really?

Cam beat me in our Weekly Picks Contest this past Saturday, meaning that I had to cover a game of his choosing from the following week. After some deliberation, he picked the Leafs/Panthers game on Tuesday night, presumably because he's a bitter individual that wants everyone to have to suffer through Leafs games with him. 

Except for the fact that this one wasn't actually all that bad. The Florida Panthers are a fun hockey club whose tires I've been pumping for weeks now, and they didn't let me down in this one. Pretty much from the opening puck-drop until the final whistle, they dominated their opponent, eventually breaking through against Jonathan Bernier en route to winning 4-1.

Read on past the jump for the scoring chance data, and some thoughts on the game itself.

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