Bob and Dan run down the hockey birthdays, then discuss Marco Scandella’s difficulties this year and spend way too much time comparing craft beer and hard cider. When the guys find their way out of the beer/cider tangent, they talk about their personalities and how that leads Bob to stick with analytics. This leads to a discussion of game score, and Bob’s recent post on hat trick game score leaders. Finally, they give a shout out to NHL ref Wes McCauley and his dramatic calls.
Bob and Dan talk about the recent news for the Minnesota Wild, plus the advantages of managing a team while in first place, Alex Tuch getting a cuppa coffee in the league, Jason Pominville’s resurgence, Coyle’s move to center, and more!
Bob and Dan talk about the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, and why they are a little bit conflicted about whether it’s a real step toward inclusivity or just a PR campaign. Then, they discuss the firing of Ken Hitchcock and promotion of Mike Yeo, plus the call-up of Alex Tuch, Charlie Coyle’s struggles, Jason Zucker’s trash talk, and Mikael Granlund’s not wanting to talk about being moved from center to wing.
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.
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 https://hockey-graphs.com/2016/07/13/measuring-single-game-productivity-an-introduction-to-game-score/
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?
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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OOS7mK4gMv406bX4H5-5oQhzb8gTm6qFDXTfiX-SIHg/edit#gid=0
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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Bob and Dan talk to Zoe Hayden and Mary Van Tyne about the Victory Press, the Staal Brothers Drinking Game, the state of pro women’s hockey, how the men’s pro game can do a better job of including all fans, and how easy it is to get people to argue with a hockey twitter bot.
In part-1 of this week’s mega episode, Bob and Dan discuss the crippling cold weather in Minnesota, then jump into the hockey birthdays and discuss the Disciplined Aggression Proxy stat that Bob worked on all week. What is it, what does it try to measure, and which NHL and Wild players show the best disciplined aggression? (Hint: Spurgeon da god)
Bob and Dan discuss some cool spots in Northeast Minneapolis, including Fair State Brewing Co-op. Then, the hockey birthdays and a special tribute to a television legend. This week’s special guest is Ben Remington from Wild Xtra and the Giles and the Goalies Podcast. The guys discuss fighting in hockey and players who need to step up for the Minnesota Wild this season.