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.
Here are the game scores for the Minnesota Wild contests for the week of 2/5/17. As always, these scores are courtesy of Derek, @Stateofstats, who pulls the data from Corsica.hockey. Continue reading Wild Game Scores – week of 2/12/17
Here are the game scores for the Minnesota Wild contests for the week of 2/5/17. As always, these scores are courtesy of Derek, @Stateofstats, who pulls the data from Corsica.hockey. Continue reading Wild Game Scores – week of 2/5/17
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.
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
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?
I don’t usually do this, but I have seen some good analysis this week about the Chicago Blackhawks, and instead of parroting their work, I thought I’d share the tweets themselves. This information comes from the fantastic accounts of @ChartingHockey and @Classlicity: Continue reading The Chicago Blackhawks are Vulnerable this year
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.