November 02 2016 01:17AM
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When it was realized that the line of Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, and Leo Komarov was going to be the one that was tasked with shutting down super-phenom and all-around greatest player on earth Connor McDavid, many had their concerns. Sure, all three are hard workers, but what was Kadri going to be able to do to a player that's bigger, faster, and younger than him?
Sure enough, he had what could be argued to be the best game of his NHL career. The quintessential Nazem Kadri game. Much to the delight of the Leafs, of course; without that, they don't win this game.
November 01 2016 12:02PM
Starting this week, I will begin a weekly post 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.
November 01 2016 10:00AM
For the past two years, the Calgary Flames were one of the least penalized teams in the league. In 2014-15, they were shorthanded a league low 186 times (one of the many reasons they were able to make the playoffs that year). Last year, they gave up just 233 power plays, good for fifth best in the NHL.
This season has not started off on the same foot, however. Calgary has already been shorthanded 43 times in just 10 games, the second most in the NHL. That rate comes out to over four PKs per game and projects to a total of 353 (!!) over the course of the season. To put that in perspective, the Arizona Coyotes gave up a league worst 304 PPs last year.
To understand what's going on I took a look at who is taking penalties and how it relates to the club's rates from last year.
November 01 2016 09:00AM
Canucks Army is excited to announce we'll be co-hosting the 2017 Vancouver Hockey Analytics conference with the Vancouver Canucks, Hockey Graphs and Hockey Data.
This event follows in the footsteps of last year's event, a smashing success held at the Harbour Centre. The Vancouver Canucks have stepped forward this year to help host the event and have even volunteered Rogers Arena as a location.
October 31 2016 04:30PM
October has been a great month for Peter Chiarelli. After a controversial summer, his Edmonton Oilers are sitting atop the Western Conference with a magnificent 7-2-0 record, and newcomers like Adam Larsson and Kris Russell have been key components to that successful start.
Yet while Larsson and Russell have been important to Edmonton’s progress this season, it’s another move of the general manager’s that really stands out as being essential: the decision at the 2015 draft to roll the dice on Cam Talbot as the team’s starting goaltender.