Stats: PDO

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Over the past few weeks I’ve taken a look at some of the advanced statistics (Corsi, Fenwick) that have been getting a lot of attention lately and an example of what they can be used for. Another statistic that has been gaining momentum recently is PDO, and like Corsi and Fenwick, this ‘advanced’ statistic is relatively simple to calculate.

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What it takes to be an NHL Captain

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An NHL captain’s importance to a hockey team is a commonly disputed subject; there are many tangibles and intangibles to consider when giving an evaluation. Fans will often question why a certain player is captain, when another player is more suited for the job; the response is always “they are good in the change room”. Obviously, it is hard for us as fans to get a view into that aspect of it to give a proper evaluation, however in this article, I am going to review what I think it takes to be a good NHL captain.

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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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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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A Closer Look At: The Holiday Roster Freeze

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The NHL season has a number of checkpoints every.  I would like to think that they are creations of the Fan Engagement Department (not an actual department) to help drum up publicity and headlines every year.  Some of the events have a significant effect on the league, and more or less drive the league and each of its teams in various directions (the Entry Draft and Free Agency).  While others seem to be creations to help along the hockey media (The Trade Deadline and the Holiday Roster Freeze).  For those of us that follow hockey on a day to day basis, the “rumours” that begin shortly thereafter American Thanksgiving are as much a hallmark of the Christmas Season as Christmas Carols being played in department stores on November 1 (if you live in Canada).  The Holiday Roster Freeze has always struck me as a fascinating anomaly in during the NHL season.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 11

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Sunday December 14th 2014 – Saturday December 21st 2014

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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Around the Arena: NHL Xmas Shutdown

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Unfortunately for hockey fans, their favourite NHL teams will be taking a short hiatus this upcoming week. This can be a sad time for us hockey lovers that watch games on a seemingly daily basis, no matter what teams are playing. It is the opposite of other holidays like Thanksgiving, during which matinee matches allow for the perfect opportunity to spend some real quality time with the family by watching some hockey. This hiatus has become more prevalent in impact to the avid hockey fans life since the shutdown was expanded during the last CBA contract negotiations in 2012-2013. Alas, TV screens will stay dark and not be graced with the wonderful sights and sounds that NHL hockey brings to our living rooms during the upcoming 3 day NHL shutdown that starts the day before Christmas and ends after the Boxing Day holiday in Canada.

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Goalies: The Goalie Mask

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The goalie mask is a pretty well-known piece of equipment, not even among us goalies or hockey fans, but pretty much everyone knows this iconic symbol of the ice hockey goaltender. Of course this has even more meaning now, breaking it down to personal knowledge of the goalie, as customization has gone crazy. From types, shapes, strapping, protection and paint jobs, almost no mask is the same anymore.

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A Closer Look At: Winning and Losing Streaks

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On Tuesday November 18, 2014 the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Nashville Predators 9-2.  I know this because I live in the GTA.  The next day, the sports media in the area was almost unlistenable.  “Carlyle likely to be fired after this weekend.” “Carlyle has lost the room.”  “What kind of Captain is Phaneuf?” yadda….yadda…yadda.  Admittedly losing 9-2 to any team in hockey is an embarrassing situation.  One of the more common idioms for a blowout of that sort is that the team, “lost by a touchdown.”  It was a fantastic loss in every sense, but one without the benefit of a crystal ball.  If anyone would have known then what they know now, would anyone have really been so upset.  As of Sunday December 14, 2014, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the hottest winning streak in the NHL at 8-1-1.  Funny how a month changes things.

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