Player TOI usage charts

One of the challenges in hockey analytics, or any type of data analysis, is how to best visualize data in a way that is exceptionally informative and yet really simple to understand. I have been working on a few things can came up with something that I think might be a useful tool to understand how a player gets utilized by his coach. Let’s start with some background. We can…

January 23, 2013
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Zone Starts: Why We Shouldn't Care

There was a twitter conversation between Gabe Desjardins and David Staples last night in which Gabe suggested that Daniel Sedin’s heavy offensive zone start bias resulted in an additional 7-9 points that he would not have gotten if his zone starts were more evenly split between offensive and defensive zone. ¬†When I saw this I immediately though that seemed like a really high number so I decided to take a…

February 21, 2012
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Vezina and Hart Trophy thoughts

I am going to combine the Vezina and Hart trophy discussion into one post because the Vezina discussion is going to be fairly short because I actually agree with the nominees. The three nominees for the Vezina trophy are Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas and Pekka Rinne. ¬†These are the top 3 goalies in terms of overall save percentage (Thomas first, Rinne second, Luongo third), goals against average (Thomas first, Luongo…

May 4, 2011
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Back to Hockey Stuff

I have written a lot about the Phoenix Coyote situation the past several weeks so let me get back to addressing some hockey issues. Dany Heatley Wow, this guy is getting lambasted here in Ottawa for asking for a trade. Two years ago at this time he was a hero in Ottawa coming off back to back 50 goal seasons and a run to the Stanley Cup finals but now…

June 19, 2009
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