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.