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Help With Shooting Percentage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

A couple of weeks ago, we tried to determine the NHL’s best individual shooting talent. The exercise was reasonably straightforward: observe the actual shooting percentages of forwards and measure it against the expected shooting percentages for those forwards based on shot distance, angles, type, game state, and so on. The forwards at the top of the list – names like Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Nikita Kucherov – consistently beat expectations and added a bunch of wins for their team in the standings.

I had a series of follow-up questions from that post and one particularly stood out to me. A reader noted that while the above analysis measured an individual’s ability to consistently drive his own shooting percentage, it didn’t show whether a player had the ability to drive up the shooting percentages of those around him.

It’s a fascinating question – one that is really a measure of playmaking ability more than anything else. The tricky part here is that I think there are a lot of ways for a player to enhance the shooting percentage of his teammates. The obvious one is being a star distributor or passer. But what about the guys who are truly lethal 5-on-5 goal scorers? Surely defences shade their structure to suppress their open looks from time to time, but the offset is that the player’s teammates have more ice and room to work. These are two completely different skills, but both could lead to the same end result.


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‘Two Things’: On Cholowski and the Calder Cup’s busy schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 1:53 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of defenseman Dennis Cholowski...

The plan now is for Cholowski to get a shot in Grand Rapids but if the Red Wings don't think he's ready to join the Griffins, he could go the junior hockey route with Prince George of the WHL, according to assistant general manager Ryan Martin.

If he does go to Prince George, Cholowski won't be able to rejoin the Griffins until after the WHL season ends.

Cholowski began preparing for the 2017-18 campaign at this year's Red Wings development camp. One of the things Cholowski said he wanted to do last year was get bigger and stronger and he's taken a step in that direction during the past year after weighing in at 196 pounds in Traverse City.

"We drafted him and he was 170 pounds," said Tyler Wright, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting. "Some of it's just physically getting mature and growing into becoming a man but a lot of that also is the work that nobody sees and he's putting time and the effort in. You get excited with that and you get more excited because you know they're doing the work."

2. And the Calder Cup's Twitter accout lets us know that the Griffins have been enjoying their "Days With the Cup" recently:

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Morning Line- An Eastern Conference Executive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Asked Thursday about a report from a respected Russian journalist citing Russian players are claiming the league has behind closed doors put together a second 2017-18 schedule — this one featuring an Olympic break in case NHLers go to the Games — an Eastern Conference executive put it this way. “I can’t say anything on that other than the league has already committed the all-star game to Tampa for next January and a lot of the business and promotional deals will start coming together next week. So, if they are going to scrap the all-star game in favour of the Olympics — and I personally don’t think they are — they’re running out of time to do it”

via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun who covered a few more topics at Dominic Moore’s sixth-annual Smashfest ping-pong charity tournament last night 

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Time Is On The Side Of The New York Islanders Regarding A Contract For John Tavares

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New Yorki Post,

It has been three weeks since John Tavares became eligible to sign a contract extension with the Islanders, and yet he still remains without a long-term commitment to the team.

With each passing day, anxiety rises that the superlative captain will leave the only organization he has known. The 26-year-old has one year left on his contract at a club-friendly $5.5 million salary-cap hit, and general manager Garth Snow likely knows it would be prudent to trade him sooner rather than later instead of letting him walk away next summer for nothing.

But a quick poll by The Post of people in and around the NHL came back with a consensus that this is a case where patience is a virtue, and there is no need to panic — not yet, at least.

It also has been considered not out of the realm of possibility that Tavares could play this year out with Snow listening to all the calls that come in. If no deal is made, then Snow will hold out hope to still re-sign Tavares before he can reach unrestricted free agency next July 1.


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Printed Season Tickets In Montreal Will Cost More

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens have informed fans by email that tickets for the 2017-18 season will be available in mobile format only. Season-ticket holders will receive the tickets electronically on their smartphones, which can then be scanned at the Bell Centre.

Those who want printed tickets can obtain them for an additional cost of $150, plus taxes, per seat. So a Canadiens fan with two season tickets will have to pay $344.92 just to get printed tickets.

Season-ticket holders also pay an administration fee of $100, plus taxes. So two sets of printed tickets, plus the administration fee, will cost $477.14, plus the cost of the seats.

In the letter to season-ticket holders, Canadiens management cites security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change. Some fans, however, are calling the new fees a cash grab....

However, one elderly longtime season-ticket holder said he doesn’t own a smartphone and has no choice but to pay the extra fee.

“They don’t think about this stuff,” said the season-ticket holder, who wished to remain anonymous for fear the Canadiens will revoke his seats. “And if you read the letter, you’ll see that they just jammed it at the bottom of the letter with this nice little surprise.

“I’d be willing to bet that 99 per cent of the season-ticket holders will opt for this extra fee,” he added. “Soon they’ll be charging to use the urinal and escalator, or breathe the air from your seats. ”

read on

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Krupa sits down with Jeff Blashill

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa engaged in a sit-down interview with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill recently, and Blashill spoke optimistically about the Wings' outlook for the upcoming season:

Blashill said he thinks Trevor Daley, a free agent who played for the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Penguins, will provide a significant boost to a needy defensive corps.

He said he has no concerns about the coming performances of goalie Petr Mrazek, whom the Wings left unprotected in the NHL Expansion Draft, or Tomas Tatar, who entered salary arbitration Thursday — the first time since 1995 the Red Wings have gone through arbitration with a player.

Blashill’s confidence the Red Wings return to the playoffs is “100 percent, absolutely.”

“I do think (general manager) Ken (Holland) did a good job of making our team better with what we did in the offseason here,” Blashill told The News in an exclusive interview earlier this week. “They’re not big splashes. I don’t think big splashes necessarily always make the difference. I think there is a great chance to make our team a little bit better. Now, let’s go to work once we get to camp.”

Krupa continues at length...

Update: The Detroit News also posted a 4-and-a-half-minute-long video of Blashill's remarks:

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‘Two Things’: Griffins continue ‘Between the Benches’ series; new digits for 3 Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this evening:

1. The Griffins posted a 12-minute video in which they recap games 3, 4 and 5 of the Calder Cup Final against Syracuse...

2. And the Red Wings revealed the numbers that Trevor Daley, Luke Witkowski and Ryan Sproul will be wearing:

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Waiting On The Tatar Decision

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An arbitration hearing between the Detroit Red Wings and agents for Tomas Tatar lasted about four hours.

The arbitrator now has 48 hours to announce decision.

At 26, Tatar is a year from unrestricted free agency, which is why arbitration is locked into a one-year contract. The Wings offered $4.1 million in their arbitration proof. Tatar’s side asked for $5.3 million. An arbitrator is likely to land in the middle, around $4.8 million. That would come close to the $4.75 million average annual value of Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist and Tatar both have averaged .60 points per game over the past three seasons.

The hearing in Toronto lasted from about 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


I could be wrong on this, but I do believe Tatar and the Wings could also agree on a contract before the arbitration ruling comes down.

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Testing, Can You Hear Me, Testing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A great idea!

via the Florida Panthers,

Join us for the 2017 Florida Panthers Broadcast & Game Presentation Camp on August 8!

The camp is for children ages 13-17 who want to learn more about broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

Activities Include:

-Radio play-by-play

-On-camera segments

-Public address announcing

-Hands-on work

-Behind-the-scenes in the control room

-Instruction from Panthers broadcasters and more!

The registration fee is $50 per child and space is very limited. Completing the application does not guarantee admission.

Please contact the Client Experience team at 844-4CE-TEAM or clientexperienceteam@floridapanthers.com with any questions. 

My dream as an announcer would be this... I know wrong sport but still...

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Goalie Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Player evaluation in hockey can be a complicated process, and perhaps never more than when it comes to evaluating goaltenders, an aspect of the game that has tended to confound both the eye test and data analysts. Scott Cullen takes a look at goaltenders using expected goals against.

For years, goals against average was a popular method to evaluate goaltenders, as if the number of shots allowed was something under the goaltenders control. So, to move beyond that, save percentage seemed to be a better indicator of goaltending proficiency. That’s an improvement, but there is still plenty of room for more details to be part of the evaluation process.

The focus now seems to be on finding a way to include shot quality as part of the evaluation. As Mike Smith could show you, or Tuukka Rask could show you, teams don’t necessarily allow the same quantity or quality of shots against.

One way to try to incorporate shot quality into goaltender measurement would be to include expected goals against and compare it to the actual goals against. Expected goal models are not perfect, and are still being refined, but they do attempt to address differences related to shot quality from one goaltender to another.


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