December 16 2013 01:42PM
I've been thinking a fair bit about the structure of the National Hockey League and how regularly we sort of see young guys who probably aren't ready for the show being foisted into action. I think, a lot of the time, a coaching staff just wants to see how far along a young player is before shipping him out. In other instances, guys are kept around. Far too often, it's probably not in the best interest of the team, especially if they're trying to win hockey games.
December 13 2013 11:02AM
A couple of months ago, I put together a post here briefly discussing the 2013 Buffalo Sabres -- a team that the data, at the time, suggested would be one of the worst hockey teams in the Behind the Net era. This team was out-pacing a 2007 Atlanta Thrashers team that was widely regarded as the worst possession team assembled in the last seven or so years, and the competition wasn't particularly close.
A funny thing has happened, though ...
December 05 2013 02:48PM
Teams that outshoot their opponents have won 52.4% of games this season. #qualitynotquantity— THE STATS GUY (@TH2NSTATSGUY) December 5, 2013
TH2NSTATSGUY is stating, at first, something that is fact. Despite numbers guys' focus on shots, over the course of a game, the team that outshoots the opposition won't win every game. In fact, they should win less than half of the games.
If TH2NSTATSGUY were really interested in manipulating numbers to make his point, he'd have pointed out that between 2008 and 2012, so five complete, 82-game seasons, teams that out-shoot have combined for a 2982-2272-642 record, and teams that have been out-shot have combined for a 2914-2232-750 record.
Look at games in regulation, and that means teams that have been out-shot have won 2272 of games decided in regulation, and lost 2232. That's under 50%. Why, then, would we focus on shot statistics?
December 03 2013 08:46AM
It's like Christmas, your birthday and April Fool's Day all wrapped up in one!
This year, you can give the gift of time.
And I don't mean a lousy wristwatch. I mean, they can't even be bothered to put a full day on a watch. Twelve hours, sheesh.
No, instead of a measly twelve hours, you can give out twelve months! That's like giving someone 365 watches. How generous is that?!!
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December 02 2013 12:10PM
Just in time for Christmas - our supplier assures us they will ship in time - we have re-released OilersNation hoodies and introduced CanucksArmy and TheLeafsNation hoodies for the sexy hockey fan on Santa's list this year.