NHL Weekly Summary: Week 14

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Sunday January 4th 2015 – Saturday January 10th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: To Bench or Not to Bench

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One of the largest factors in Fantasy Hockey success is being able to correctly identify who to play and who to bench on any given day. This can be a tedious and frustrating task for those that find that more often than not the players they chose to bench on any given day perform better than those that were in their active roster. Even a veteran fantasy hockey player will find days where the lineup they set wasn’t the most productive they could have had. There is no sure fire way to always set the perfect lineup everyday but here are some tips to get as close to perfection as possible.

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Stats: What is the Fenwick Rating?

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A few weeks ago I took a look at the Corsi rating and Corsi %, specifically if a team’s Corsi % ranking could predict how well they would do in the playoffs. It seems the highest ranked Corsi teams have a better chance of making it further into the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. There is room for improvement though, and with that in mind a modification called the Fenwick rating was created. Named after Matt Fenwick of The Battle of Alberta hockey blog, this alternative rating removes blocked shots from the calculation of the Corsi rating, leaving just shots on goal and shots that missed the net. The main idea behind the modification was that blocked shots generally come from lesser scoring chances and are therefore not as relevant to how well a team is playing. There are people who prefer one statistic to the other for different reasons, but is one any better than the other?

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Respect the Classics

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Well, another year has gone by, and with that so has the holidays! For us Canadian’s that’s back to work, back to the extreme cold, and best of all, back to Hockey! With temperatures now dropping into the consistent negative double digits it’s about time we all started thinking about grabbing the spare stick and skates and heading onto the ponds! Now it’s a bit of a stretch sometimes for us goalies to bring out all of our equipment to play in net (if there even is one!) but I know we still do it from time to time. There’s just something about playing one of our favorite sports outdoors in the crisp winter air, and even the NHL knows it.

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