On Offensive Zone Entries and the Importance of Neutral Zone Play

June 12 2014 09:00AM

In 2012, Eric Tulsky published a call to arms for tracking offensive zone entries in hockey spurred by his initial findings on the subject. Zone entries have since become a focal point in the advanced statistics community, with many contributing to the endeavour by collecting data from games involving their favourite teams. Tulsky, along with Geoffrey Detweiler and Corey Sznajder, presented their work at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, wherein they outlined the importance of neutral zone performance and how we may use zone entries to separate play in all three zones.

It was found that entries in which the zone was gained with uninterrupted control of the puck generated a far greater number of shots and goals on average than those in which the puck was shot in. In addition, players failed to show consistency in their performances at either end, while their play in the neutral zone showed statistically significant reproducibility. I will henceforth assume prior knowledge of this topic so I urge anybody who hasn't read up on it yet to do so.

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June 10 2014 03:10PM

It’s summer at the Nation Network. All five sites’ teams missed the playoffs this season -- a new record -- so thanks guys. The annual “the Oilers missed the playoffs so Wanye goes running off into the world to backpack and pout” trip is now over. We are looking straight down the barrel of another Charity draft party and are starting to shill tickets.

The machine can't stop turning just because every single team we cover has failed epically.

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 5

Josh W
June 09 2014 10:48AM


Welcome to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. I have payed attention to the links flying across the Twittersphere all week to bring you the latest and greatest (and maybe some terrible links, don't hold me accountable!) in the field of hockey analytics research. Hopefully this will either help with your next project, or just act as a resource for killing another slow day at work.

For analysis on why Jonathan Quick hasn't been very good, Stanley Cup Final goodies, some more analysis on why people should stop overrating Quick, and more -- continue past the jump.

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Dangle Dollars

Steve Dangle
June 09 2014 10:34AM

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Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States andNewfoundland…and the rest of the world too because this is the Internet,after all. 

I’ve been watching the playoffs a lotlately. I mean my Leafs aren’t in it but I’m pretty used tothat by now. Still, there’s something to be said about watchinghockey without a bias.

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Calder Cup 2014 Finals - Fancystats Preview

Josh W
June 08 2014 10:30AM

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As with the rest of the Calder Cup we have been looking at some of the underlying numbers to try and analyze the likely outcomes of each round. Although performance metrics are gaining some mainstream attention in the NHL, they tend to be quite rare in other leagues. This is one of the few places where AHL fancystats are known, so lets use these numbers one last time this year to look at the final match up in the Calder Cup Finals to see who is most likely to walk away the winner.

Continue past the jump for a breakdown of the final!

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