August 21 2011 03:20PM
"Oh God they're coming for me!"
I believe that shot location is critical in assessing a players' shooting percentages, and probably has some bearing on the sustainability of a player's goal totals. If, for example, a player collects a pile of goals shooting from the tops of the offensive zone faceoff circles, I would expect that teams would begin to notice the pattern, make adjustments, give their goalies time to see the shots, and for our hypothetical sniper to score fewer goals in the future. On the other hand, if a player is fast and/or skilled enough to drag the puck close the net before shooting, but doesn't wind up with many goals, I'd expect bounces to start going their way more often before too long.
August 15 2011 11:25AM
Leafs fans don’t need advanced statistics to figure out which of their three goalies was the most effective in the past season, but these statistics do provide context to what we witnessed in the games. Similarly, the graphs I’ve created that show the location of each shot taken at 5-on-5 and on the road against Reimer, Giguere, and Gustavsson are only colorful context for what we already know to be true. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what our goalies faced this past season.
August 14 2011 11:59AM
It’s been a while now that PPP and Chemmy have been writing here at The Leafs Nation, but it’s also been readily apparent that they’ve been lonely without their usual, er, companions. Tired of playing “Palmela Handerson” with each other, they have decided to start recruiting others to do their dirty work, and what better place to look than with the easiest “yes”s they could find? First there was Skinnyfish, and now I have joined on, as the latest “PPP girlfriend” to start writing over here as well. Internet polygamy strikes again!