Bob and Dan discuss the call-ups of Alex Stalock and Joel Eriksson-Ek, and whether the Wild’s game against the Senators was a slump buster. Then, the guys are joined by Giles and Ben from the GaTG podcast to talk potential playoff matchups and what the heck might be going on with Devan Dubnyk.
Bob and Dan talk about the Wild-Capitals matchup, then discuss Surdyk’s making their own laws. Then, they play the somewhat ill-fated Pi Day Jersey Number game, and set up for the Staal Brothers Drinking Game (TM)!
Bob and Dan discuss the Wild’s recent struggles, and whether fans should be worried about the Blackhawks re-taking the Central division. Then, the guys argue about whether the Wild are a ‘physical’ team…and what the heck does that even mean anyway. Plus, Mikael Granlund’s continued success, and THE MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT!!
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?