NHL SCOUTING COMBINE

Brian Sutherby
May 29 2014 09:30AM

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The NHL's version of speed dating is going on this week.  For players, it's their first real glimpse of what the next level will entail.  It’s exciting and also a little scary at the same time.

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Marlies Lose 3-2 to Texas, Trail 2-1 in Series

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 28 2014 08:06PM

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This had to be a radically different game for the Toronto Marlies than previous ones. We knew it, they knew it, everyone knew it. Allowing 102 shots in six periods is not a model for success, especially when you're sending back less than half of that. It's a miracle they got a win out of their time in Cedar Park, and if they wanted to do more, they'd have to bring a different game. In some respects, they did, but the second half told the story, and it was another scenario where the Marlies outshot, outplayed, and outscored, leading them to trail a series for the first time in these playoffs.

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Playoff LFR: Circus

Steve Dangle
May 28 2014 10:20AM

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What a circus! The Habs stay alive in a near-disaster with help from Rene Bourque. Unreal!

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You Should Probably Drop By

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 27 2014 09:03PM

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It's been a really long time since I've talked about the Toronto Marlies from a "people in the seats" perspective. There's been so much to talk about in terms of what is happening on the ice, that there hasn't been on my priority list to do so. But you know what? With the team returning home tomorrow night, There's a few reasons why you should join them at Ricoh Coliseum.

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Analytics mailbag: Save percentages, PDO, and repeatability

Cam Charron
May 27 2014 12:48PM

A week or so ago I opened this space up to questions about analytics, in an effort to make these numbers and terms that we use often on the hockey blogosphere more accessible to the average fan.

My initial plan was to have a post or two with all the questions and answers, but it's more practical to dedicate a post to each question and get as much information as possible in the reply. I won't publish names or emails with questions and will edit questions to remove all personal details, so even if you are a mainstreamer with a anti-stats reputation to maintain, nobody will ever know. Our first question is on the subject of save percentages and PDO.

Is PDO really a useful statistic? On a team wide scale, I feel like its a flawed stat. A team with a top ten goalie is much, much more likely to sustain a PDO considerably higher than a team with a bottom-ten starter. Even shooting rates seem to be somewhat sustainable for skilled teams, although much more variable so that argument is much less significant than the goaltending side. Wouldn't, mostly due to goal tending but slightly shooting talent too, PDO not really measure luck but instead to some degree skill? I can see on an individual player level how it could be more effective.

Thoughts? Do you think PDO is truly a good indicator of luck?

First, it's worthwhile to explain what "PDO" actually is.

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