HTH pod ep 54 – The Great One & Finnesotans

Bob and Dan wish a Happy Hockey Birthday to Wayne Gretzky, and run down some of his records trying to find one or two that could someday be broken. Then, they talk about how great the combo of Koivu and Granlund has been this year, and discuss some of the specific reasons that pair has been dominant. Finally, the guys talk about blowing 2-0 leads and twitter jinxes.

Damned Lies & Statistics: Mikael Granlund is not getting enough credit

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects: Mikael Granlund. He’s having an outstanding year, and yet I think he’s not getting enough credit for just how good he’s been playing. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that we recently added game scores to the blog. Granlund leads all Wild skaters with an average GS of 0.83, which tells you that he is going out and contributing each night. Let’s dig deeper into his season, shall we? Continue reading Damned Lies & Statistics: Mikael Granlund is not getting enough credit

HTH pod ep 53 – Wild defenders, Game scores

This week, the guys discuss the current play of the Minnesota Wild defenders. Plus, special contributor Derek @stateofstats joins the show to talk about the relatively new game score stat. Just for clarity’s sake, the stat was invented by @omgitsdomi, and a write-up can be found here

New Feature on the HTH blog: Wild Game Scores!

A new development in the NHL stats community this year is a stat called Game Score. They have existed in baseball and basketball in previous years, and now we have them for hockey. The idea is that a bunch of factors get put together with different weights to end up with a single number that assesses how good or bad of a game a player had.

Additionally, game scores tend to be adjusted so that they more or less equate with points, to make them interpretable. Meaning, game scores for hockey usually tend to be from 0-3, so you can easily get a sense of just how good or bad a guy’s night was.

Here is the original game score post, so you can read all about the stat. The author does a much better job than me of explaining how it was created and why, Measuring Single Game Productivity: An Introduction to Game Score

I was recently contacted by a guy named Derek who has been pulling the Wild game scores from Corsica, and he offered to let me put them on the HTH blog, which I thought was a great idea. Each week, I will be creating a single post that includes the game score breakdowns for each game during that week, and then updating it as the games happen. I will put up this week’s scores later this morning.

Also, Derek was a guest on the HTH podcast this week, so look forward to hearing him discuss the stat with me! The pod will be posted late tonight (Friday) or else Saturday morning.

HTH pod ep 52 – Lovely groomed ginger beards

Bob and Dan are joined by Carolyn and Merrin of the Deep in the Heart of Hockey podcast. They talk about the Stars surprisingly bad season, the Wild’s surprisingly good season, and why the Blackhawks are actually bad. They delve into the details of why zone exits are so important, why defense doesn’t really help win games, and the design aspects of fancy stats charts. Plus, who’s got the best beard in the NHL?

HTH pod ep 51 – Indiana Jones and the Lost Episode

Bob and Dan discuss the Wild’s current hot streak, including several players who have been pleasant surprises, such as Matt Dumba, Mikael Granlund, and YES! even Zach Parise! Then they discuss the World Junior Tournament gold medal game, and the Wild prospects that shined during the tournament.

The guys need your help identifying and collecting data on Twin Cities outdoor rinks! As described in this episode, here is the link to the spreadsheet:

Finally, there is a blogger/podcaster/HTH fan skate happening January 15th probably in Roseville. Check the blog or our twitters for more details. Hope to see you there!

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