Is Hockey Analytics altering outcomes yet?

Hockey analytics is well behind analytics in other sports, particularly baseball, but we are now several years into what I will call modern (or current) hockey analytics which has largely focused on possession statistics such as Corsi and Fenwick. Last summer we even saw a number of teams publicly adopt analytics by picking up some prominent people from the public domain. Toronto, Edmonton, Carolina, Florida, and New Jersey to name a few. Results for those teams have clearly been mixed thus far but the greater question is whether hockey analytics, and possession analytics in particular, has had a greater impact on

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Is 4v4 overtime hockey a crap shoot we can or should ignore?

Since the Los Angeles Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs there has been a lot of discussion about why a team with such a good possession game failed to make the playoffs. This included my article from yesterday which generated a fair amount of discussion as well. A lot of the discussion can be summarized by the following tweet by Sunil Agnihotri referencing a comment by Walter Foddis. Nice summary by @Waltlaw69 on why the Kings missed the playoffs. You can imagine the flak he got on FB. pic.twitter.com/O7GVCdbh2p — Sunil Agnihotri (@sunilagni) April 13, 2015 The last paragraph

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Kings, Flames, Avalanche and Possession Analytics

The other day I posted the following twitter comment after the Flames defeated the Kings to gain a playoff position while simultaneously eliminating the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs. In the hockey analytics ledger be sure to add #Flames in playoffs and #Kings out to the “what possession analytics didn’t predict” column. — David Johnson (@hockeyanalysis) April 10, 2015 I posted this comment for two reasons. First because I think if you are being honest about evaluating possession analytics you have to consider the failures on an equal ground as the successes. I am certain

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