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Entries with the tag: Statistics
This is a stat based blog. I realize that many readers get easily bored with stat blogs, as I am one of them. While I am not stat-crazy, I do see a purpose in them and will discuss them in varying levels of detail. If a post is overly obsessed with stats, I will do my best to warn you in some way.
In 1968, in an effort to quantify defensive proficiency, the National Hockey League decided to officially begin recording +/- as an official stat. What was intended to simply be a way of determining a player’s ability to play sound, defensive hockey has become one of the most argued over stats in use today. The fact that Nicklas Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy, while tied for 177th in +/- with a -2, this past year and Jeff Scultz was not even on the ballot last year, despite a league leading +50, should show that this stat seems to come up short.
Just past the half-way point of the regular season, I thought it might be high time to take a statistical look at the Southeast Division. We did so as the season approached and will probably do it again once all is said and done, prior to the playoffs.
You get a look at stats by team and by the league as a whole, almost literally, everywhere else, so I always find it interesting to break things down a bit more specifically to just the division, particularly in the more obscure categories.
Here’s hoping you will too…
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
How much of a factor was fatigue in the slight, but discernible decline, in the overall performance of some of the NHL’s leading goaltending lights?
Or to put it another way, do NHL teams play their starting goaltenders too much in the regular season, only to discover there isn’t enough left in the tank to get them through four grueling playoff rounds?
more… *an in-depth look at goalie performance in the playoffs
In today’s Canadian Business Online, writer Andy Holloway gives a brief rundown on the numerous ways that the NHL seems to have made gains in the U.S. this season, summarizing the positive situation with renewed television contracts, the increasing criticisms of traditional sports networks for non-athletic sports broadcasting, and even mentioning NHL.com’s record-setting online numbers from earlier in the week.
Also included in the article was a link to CBO’s annual assessment of the best values in the NHL:
Canadian Business Online put the NHL to the test to find the players who offer the best mix of high performance and low cost. These are the best value players. They’re not necessarily hockey’s most skilled in absolute terms — nor are they always the cheapest monetarily — but it’s the dream team for fans and cash-strapped owners.
And who are the worst value players?
Includes charts and slideshows. Data current to April 6, 2008.
from STATS Blog,
Parity seems to be a byproduct of the new NHL. Nine of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference are in first place or within five points of it. Only two teams in the East are more than 10 points out of first.
The division leaders in the Western Conference—Detroit, Minnesota and Dallas—have larger leads than their Eastern counterparts, but parity still figures in a tight playoff race. Take the runaway Red Wings and Pacific-leading Stars out of the equation, and the next 10 teams in the Western Conference standings are separated by just 10 points.