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from On the Forecheck,
The basic idea was that by looking at the ratio between each team’s Goals For and Goals Against totals, you get a good idea of where their actual Winning Percentage will end up. The presumption there is that a team’s overall ability to score and prevent goals is more constant than the bounces and breaks that can decide individual game results, and over the course of 82 games the “luck” will even out to a large extent.
This summer, I thought I’d revisit that analysis, to answer a few questions.
1. Did I just get lucky, or is PythagenPuck actually a better indicator than actual Winning Percentage of where teams stand during the early part of the season?
2. At what point does it make sense to do this kind of analysis? After 10 games, 20, 30…?
from the Winnipeg Sun,
What everybody wants to know is what it was about former Manitoba Moose player Brandon Nolan that border officers at the crossing at the Ivy Lea Bridge, between Brockville and Kingston, Ont., didn’t like?
Whatever it was for almost two hours Monday, Nolan, 24, property of the Carolina Hurricanes, was a man without a country.
“It was really weird,” Nolan said in an interview yesterday. “As a citizen in this country, I was kicked out of my country.”
Or at least not let back in.
The the eldest son of New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was returning to his own home in Whitby with his girlfriend Stephanie Antalfy from his parent’s home on Long Island in New York when he pulled his dad’s BMW up to the border point near Landsowne, Ont.
A routine questioning at the border seems to have turned into something that may end up going before the Human Rights Commission.
from the Toronto Star,
Bell will not talk about the carnage of twisted metal on the road and what led up to it. Partly, he said, because of his desire to put it behind him and partly because of pending legal issues.
He faces a lawsuit from the other driver, but he said he’s “not concerned at all” about it.
Bell said he could see his career slipping away because of his irresponsibility and vowed to alter his life and the crowd he hung out with.
He realized he had to grow up.
That included the decision to swear off alcohol, a lifestyle choice he said he made without professional help.
“It’s been a learning experience this whole past year. I feel I’ve really grown as a person. I’m very confident in the way I live my life now. It’s taking one step at a time,” he said.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
It should make for a balanced leadership mix then, as St. Louis next season will wear an A on his jersey and join Lecavalier and Richards as alternate captains.
St. Louis’ first NHL letter comes as captain Tim Taylor prepares for hip surgery that could sideline him all season.
General manager Jay Feaster said Taylor will remain captain as he rehabs with the team and St. Louis gets public recognition for a strong leadership role that has been behind the scenes.
“This is a natural extension of the leadership in the room already,” Feaster said. “He’s a veteran who has delivered in the clutch on a consistent basis. And certainly, when Marty St. Louis speaks, he has the respect of the other guys in the room.”
from the Tennessean,
If taxpayers don’t pay an additional $3 million per year to support the Nashville Predators hockey arena, a deal to keep the team in town could fall apart, the leader of a local buyers group said Thursday.
David Freeman, CEO of 36 Venture Capital and leader of the group, said the partners are working with the city to have the public money come from sources like sales tax generated by the hockey team.
“We are trying to identify revenue streams that reflect incentives associated with having the Predators in town,” Freeman said. “For example, sales tax revenues generated out of the arena are an appropriate revenue stream to consider donating to this cause because those revenues would disappear without the team.”
Freeman’s comments came late in the day, after Tennessean.com reported on a city analysis that said the buyers group was seeking Sommet Center lease changes that would cost taxpayers $5 million more per year at the city-owned facility.
added 11:59am, from the Tennessean,
The Predators have surpassed last season’s season ticket total.
The team finished Thursday with a total of 8,764 full-season ticket equivalents, topping the 8,758 the Predators finished with in 2005-06.
Predators vice president Steve Violetta said he feels confident Nashville can hit the 9,000 level by Labor Day, and added that ticket sales traditionally pick up in September, just before the season starts.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Now, it’s time for some of the younger guys to step forward, and Cammalleri’s name is at the top of that list. Lombardi said it himself, in so many words. Goals are nice, but a guy like Cammalleri also has to take responsibility for winning and losing, and now’s the time for that.
Based on what I’ve seen, it’s coming. Under Murray, Cammalleri was a bit bland in public, most likely because he was afraid to say the wrong thing. Last year he seemed to become a bit more confident and is always available in the dressing room to be a team spokesman. That’s important, as far as team leadership. At the end of last season, Mike was very vocal about his optimism for the future and his belief in the young players.
more, including the recent arbitraion ruling should be a motivating factor for Cammalleri…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
His work on TV includes studio commentary and game analysis. For the coming NHL season, he will double as NBC’s game analyst and also intermission-show host with recently hired commentator Mike Milbury.
“Between periods, I’ll be scrambling to get to the right location to work with Mike,” he said.
McGuire sees the intermission spot more as dialogue between two commentators than a conventional host-analyst relationship.
“I think what we’ll be doing is breaking down the other games that are being played, providing highlights but also talking about the important issues surrounding the game,” he said. “I think we can create a situation that can be insightful and entertaining.”
a litle more on Pierre…
from the Blueshirts Blog,
In short, the puck remains on Glen Sather’s stick and the Rangers’ GM has yet to decide whether to shoot or pass.
“He is thinking about it,” was agent Don Meehan’s response tonight when I asked him if any progress had been made in his discussions with Sather.
Meehan insisted that, though he anticipates no problem working out a contract, no conditional agreement has been reached that would be consummated if and when Sather decides he wants Peca to join the Rangers.
from The Maven at MSG Network,
The first is that I’m tickled that Martin is returning to New Jersey. The second is that Paul sits precisely where Nieder sat—in the far right corner of the Devs’ dressing room. The third is that Martin—like it or not—is the new Niedermayer in New Jersey….
Whatever the case, Martin now has the opportunity to prove a point that his agent made when Lou Lamoriello signed Paul in the first place.
The rep said that Martin—then a complete unknown—will eventually remind Devils fans of Niedermayer.
It seemed a preposterous claim at the time.
It sounds less so now.
more... and notice no mention of Martin being traded…
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
It’s early, or the equivalent of it still being before the Iowa caucuses. But it’s not too early to look ahead at who might have trophy seasons in 2007-08. The “contenders” are divided by conference.
East: Brian Campbell, Sabres; Brian Rafalski, Devils; Chris Phillips, Senators.
West: Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Dion Phaneuf, Flames.
The torch is about to be passed, either way. A long shot comes in: Phillips.
read on if you wish…
update 5:39pm, As a KK reader noted in the comments, Rafalski just got replaced by Dan Boyle.
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