Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL All-Star Break

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The NHL All-Star Break is a spectacle to watch. The best-of-the-best (except Crosby, who always has an excuse, and then all the players that got snubbed of course… I mean really, sometimes it seems as political as the academy awards) play each other for what tends to be an action packed game with tons of scoring and some more humorous parts as well. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for those of us with goalies playing in the NHL All-Star Game, stats from this game don’t count for most fantasy hockey leagues. So think of the NHL All-Star Break as a Fantasy Hockey Break. So what should you do with your fantasy hockey team during the week of the NHL All-Star Break? Below are some things to keep in mind during this anomaly in your fantasy hockey schedule.

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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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The Gary Bergman Blues, and Why Kenora Ontario Is Bigger Than Hockey

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How exactly would a young Southern Ontario blogger begin to write a column about legendary (and I use that word loosely) hockey player, Gary Bergman?

I really had no idea who Gary Bergman was. A quick study found that the fact that I did not know who he was really didn’t make me unique: A lot of people don’t know who he is.

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Goalie Skates: It’s in the cut

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Recently, I’ve done articles on some important goalie equipment, specifically on pads and masks for us goaltenders. These pieces of equipment are extremely important, as was previously mentioned, but they are also some of the more visually pleasing or iconic parts of a goalie’s set up. But what about the equipment that’s barely seen? Is it arguably less important than the rest of a goalies gear? Some pieces, perhaps, but under those pads are likely one of the most important, and personal pieces of equipment for a goalie. His skates!

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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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Montreal Canadiens 2014/2015 Campaign: Surprises of the Year

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Top 5 Biggest Surprises of the Year (so far…)

While referring to the NHL standings, it appears that the Montreal Canadiens are having a very successful season thus far. In fact, they have consistently been at the top end of the Eastern Conference along with teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New York Islanders (Yes…the Islanders…I’m just as confused).

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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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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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