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Afternoon Line - Kerry Fraser

Expanded video review capabilities under Rule 38 will allow a broader discretion to Hockey Operations to determine the legitimacy of all potential goals and can include forward motion of the puck toward the goal line during a penalty shot or shootout. The process should now provide more acceptable legal parameters for the shooter to operate under, pitted against the ability of the goalkeeper to defend. 

-retired referee Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on the rule changes...

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Report- New Contract For NHL Officials Is Close

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The NHL’s track record with negotiating contracts with its players without locking them out over the past decade has been horrendous. Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case with its on-ice officials. There hasn’t been a work stoppage with referees and linesemen since Doughnut-gate with Don Koharski in 1988 and there will not be one this season.

When the league opens the season with four games tonight, it will do so with labor harmony with it’s on-ice officials. Not that there was ever any doubt. For the past couple of months the league has been negotiating with its officials for a new deal and the talks were cordial and in good faith on both sides. And with the league and NHL Officials’ Association on the verge of signing a five-year deal, it is on the cusp of being official.

Even if it is not done in time for tonight, there was never any thought the officials would withhold their services for the regular season. All of them showed up for training camp and worked the pre-season games, largely because most of the issues had been settled by then.


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Morning Line - Bob Cole

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“The Numbers Cult”

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey season kicks off Wednesday, and we’ll spend most of the next eight months arguing about math. Welcome to the mainstreaming of the Analytics War.

The (very reductive) analytics explainer: If you see more of the puck, and more of the offensive zone, you will, in all likelihood, win.

This sounds pretty sensible, which may be why it upsets people so much. When it comes to the canons of the country’s best-attended church, we aren’t prepared for quiet revolutions.

This will be positioned as a fight about the future of the game. Which it isn’t.

What it is is an attempt to make hockey make sense. Which it doesn’t.

At its best, the NHL is about the physical mystique of a few men doing things the rest of us can’t. Once you begin to pick apart that process, you’re no longer a fan. You’re a foot soldier in the ice Crusades.

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All About Analytics

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at MetroNews,

The NHL is at the beginning of an analytics awakening.

Advanced statistics, such as the tracking of total shots attempted for and against, have been around for decades, giving teams a glimpse of information behind the final score and players’ goals and assists. As stats and the game have evolved, more hockey people are seeing their worth to wins and losses.

Over the summer, several teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, hired analytics specialists to get the most out of the data available. Recent Stanley Cup champions like the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks have had success with advanced stats, so it stands to reason that others will follow.

“You have to eliminate some of the noise and present the data or the information that’s going to best help the team in whatever regard that is: It’s scouting, it’s strategy, lineups,” said new Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas. “It’s taking what I know works and then incorporating that into the whole team structure and knowing that you’re dealing with a number of subjective pieces to the puzzle, as well.”

The most basic of the advanced stats are called Corsi, Fenwick, zone starts and quality of competition.


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Face-Off Circle Changes Announced For This Season

NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the modification to Rule 1.9 – Face-off Spots and Circles will be implemented for the commencement of the 2014-15 Season. The rule change, which moves the hash marks at the end zone circles from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart, had been tested during the 2014-15 preseason.

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The Redesigned NHL App And GameCenter Live

NEW YORK / TORONTO (October 6, 2014) – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL’s live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.

The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.

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Calling It Corsi

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Legend has it that Vic Ferrari heard long-time Buffalo Sabre goalie coach Jim Corsi on a radio interview talking about measuring a goalie’s workload by tallying up not only shots on goal but missed shots and blocked shots as well and then Ferrari went into his secret hockey nerd lair in Edmonton, crunched the numbers, sprinkled some magic dust and, poof, Corsi was born, named for the cerebral goalie coach and former math teacher who inspired it.

Not true.

Ferrari told me it was actually then Buffalo Sabre general manager Darcy Regier he originally heard on the radio talking about shot attempts, not Jim Corsi. In fact, at that moment, when Ferrari was listening to Regier, he had never even heard of Jim Corsi.

Here’s what Ferrari told me in April:

“I was going to call (the new metric) the “Regier” number. But it didn’t sound good; it didn’t seem right. Then I was going to call it the “Ruff” number (after then Sabres’ coach Lindy Ruff), but that obviously sounded bad. So I went to the Buffalo Sabre website and looked at a picture of a guy on their website, and Jim Corsi kind of fit the bill. So I called it a “Corsi number” and then I pretended it was (Corsi) I heard on the radio talking about it – that’s what I told people. That’s basically (how Corsi got named).”

Wait a minute. Was Ferrari actually saying Corsi became Corsi because he liked the look of Jim Corsi’s picture, especially his moustache, on the Sabre website and the sound of his surname?


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The Fading Slapshot Goal

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

With the help of statistician Andrew Bailey, we mined NHL game sheets for the 2013-14 season to follow up on our study of goals in 2011-12 — the last two non-lockout campaigns. Goals increased by nearly 100 — to 7,051 — from 6,949 two years before. Only slapshots and backhanders proved less successful from one season to the next.

Three seasons ago, 892 slapshots went in, compared to 859 last year for roughly a four per cent drop. The slapshot was responsible for 12.8 per cent of goals in 2011-12, 12.2 per cent last season — when only 5.4 per cent of all slapshot attempts led directly to goals.

Scoring via the backhander was also down — 695 last season, compared to 776 in 2011-12 — but the success rate was greater, with 10.5 per cent winding up in the net.

By comparison, the success rate for deflected shots was 20.6 per cent. Others: tip-ins (19.3), snapshots (9.1 per cent), wrist shots (8.6 per cent) and wraparounds (6.7 per cent).


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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, is the NHL prepared to state — again — that the team in Glendale, is staying in Glendale, for now and forever?

Or has Andre Barroway, the prospective new majority owner of the Coyotes, been given assurances that he will be given permission to move the team out of Arizona and into Moe Green’s old hood upon request?


- So if Wayne Gretzky promises to say “Fenwick” often enough, would some team out there actually have a job for No. 99?

- Meanwhile, who do you think would have had the better Corsi/Fenwick numbers through the peak five years of his career: A) Gretzky; B) Bobby Orr; C) Larry Robinson?

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