Watch The Game Podcast
October 31 2016 12:27PM
Cam and Sam welcomed former Montreal Canadiens and current Hockey Canada statistical analyst Matt Pfeffer to the show to discuss how professional teams are doing in embracing and utilizing new forms of data analysis in player personnel and coaching decisions. We talked about his time in Montreal, what role a team's analytics person can provide, what the day-to-day of his job looked like, and if it was anything like how Jonah Hill portrayed it in Moneyball.
October 31 2016 10:00AM
One of the more surprising and positive things we've seen in the early stages of the season is the performance of Matt Stajan. With a lot of people questioning his role on the team heading into training camp, Stajan has done a nice job silencing those critics for the time being thanks to a stellar start to his 2016-17 campaign.
Stajan has been one of Calgary's most consistent performers through 10 games and I think he's deserving of some recognition.
October 31 2016 08:00AM
Fine... The title may be a bit harsh and premature. It is still pretty early and there is a good chunk of the season still to go. Things could potentially change, but at the moment the sun is not shining on young Alexander Burmistrov and I didn't want to go with the overused "The Curious Case of..." title you see throughout sports writing.
The truth is Burmistrov has come back to the Winnipeg Jets and it has not been pretty.
October 31 2016 07:00AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a big bet on Frederik Andersen this summer when they acquired him for Jonathan Bernier and two high draft picks, then proceeded to sign Andersen to a long-term contract extension. When the new starter struggled to start the season, fans and media alike were concerned about what was going on with the Leafs' starting goalie. The situation culminated in a tense exchange between a reporter and Mike Babcock earlier this week:
October 28 2016 06:00PM
Willie Desjardins hasn’t been known for his line matching during his tenure as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks - in fact, he’s been heavily criticized for it. The Canucks’ bench boss has long showed a preference for rolling four lines, but this year’s preseason held a notable exception: the game against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
Tonight, the Oilers are back in Vancouver, and McDavid is one of the league’s hottest players - something that we’ll probably be a regular occurrence over the next decade. So will Willie and his staff put the same emphasis on hard-matching McDavid like they did in the preseason?