November 14 2016 02:00PM
It's Hall of Fame Induction Day today, as Sergei Makarov, Eric Lindros and Rogie Vachon join the elite group of male hockey players that have been inducted into the hallowed halls of hockeydom. Annually around this time, conversation turns to stellar National Hockey League players that are not yet in the Hall of Fame.
Most frequently mentioned by Calgary Flames followers: Theoren Fleury. Just 5'6" and 160 pounds with his gear on, and besieged by horrible off-ice problems illustrated in his book Playing With Fire, Fleury nonetheless put together a tremendously productive professional career. So how come he's not yet in the Hall? The short answer, it seems, is that his retirement had some awful timing given the other players who were eligible at the time.
To illustrate that, let's look at the 27 male players that have been inducted instead of Fleury since he became eligible for induction.
November 14 2016 01:08PM
The Winnipeg Jets carry the worst face off win percentage in the league.
While it is far from optimal, it isn't a great deal either. We take a deeper look into the numbers to show why.
November 14 2016 12:00PM
It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings.
It's been one month. At this point, we can, in most cases, start to see patterns unfolding that indicate whether teams are good or bad based largely on their underlying numbers. Still, though, one month isn't an entire season. While we can start to get a decent picture of what's going on, there are teams who haven't yet hit their stride, are struggling to adapt to new rosters or coaches, or are simply overachieving based on a hot goalie or strong performances due to a favourable schedule. Let's see who, after one month, is as good or as bad as their place in the standings indicates.
November 13 2016 12:08PM
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Another game, another goalless effort. While his homeland talks about building walls, Auston Matthews has been claimed by media outlets in Toronto have hit a wall, now that his rate of production has slowed down considerably from that beautiful night on October 12th. That's when he scored four goals in his first NHL game; since then, he has two goals and six assists in fourteen games; hardly mindblowing numbers, especially when you consider that even the bulk of those came before October 15th.
Some are confused. Some are alarmed, even starting to wonder if the Leafs went after the wrong guy. But he'll be fine.
November 12 2016 01:45PM
Another Corsi win for #Canucks. How many points is that worth again?— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) November 11, 2016
The Canucks don't have a lot going for them. This much is evident. They're the league's most impotent offence, and they haven't been particularly stout in the defensive zone either.
By raw, goal-based metrics, the Canucks are arguably the league's worst team. They're scoring 1.9 goals per game, good for 30th in the league. In spite of out this world goaltending, they're surrendering 2.9 goals per game, too, good for 21st. You don't have to dig deep for evidence of this team's shortcomings.
I wouldn't dispatch of that spade just yet, though. According to The Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre, there are metrics which reflect a Canucks team that's played well of late... I think?