Dave Nonis isn't into Corsi, but why should he be?

Cam Charron
November 12 2013 11:35AM

It isn't difficult to understand why statistical analysis hasn't really caught on in Toronto

Nonis also looks back on a time when the Leafs had a better Corsi rating than they do today – and were losing a lot more games. Back in 2009-10, Toronto generated a lot of shots on net but was let down by its own goaltenders.

That period seemed to create skepticism for the Leafs GM about stats that he believes have grown so much in popularity because of fans and media.

“We were outshooting teams on a nightly basis and losing every night,” Nonis recalled. “Our so-called Corsi stat was probably pretty good and right now our Corsi stat sucks. But we’re winning hockey games.”

Credit to Nonis for actually getting at the crux of the issue here. While I'd rather spend my days researching hockey statistics than defending the validity of statistics, ultimately widespread acceptance of the numbers that myself and many others use is going to come down to how well we predict things.

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Leafs Prospect Update: November 11, 2013

Justin Fisher
November 11 2013 07:05PM

(Photo: Dmitri Filopovic / Nations)

Frederick Gauthier - C - Rimouski (QMJHL)

Despite not burying a puck in his past five games, Frederik Gauthier had a nice little weekend, contributing with three assists in two Rimouski victories. Gauthier's 19 points in 19 games is a significant reason why the Oceanic currently sit 5th in the QMJHL, with a 13-6-4 record.
 
In non-Rimouski news, Gauthier will be joining Team QMJHL in the Subway Super Series a week from today, as the top players in the league will take on a team of Russian Selects in Gatineau, Quebec. Assuming Gauthier sticks in the lineup for the second game, he’ll again play with Team QMJHL in Sherbrooke on the 20th. Last year, Team QMJHL and Russia split their two game series with a win apiece.

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Season of Remembrance

RexLibris
November 11 2013 07:58AM

On the evening of December 24th, 1914, something redeeming happened along the Western Front in France and Belgium. Something sane, kind, good and human took over from the cruel madness that was emerging from the first few months of the Great War. On that night, rifles were put down and soldiers on opposite sides of a pitted field rose from their makeshift trenches filled with mud and earth and came together as comrades, offering each other gifts and friendship.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - November 10, 2013 - Friend, buddy, guy

Steve Dangle
November 10 2013 03:39PM

Handsomest picture ever?

On this episode, the guys talk about the Leafs' last two games, the big Wiser's event, and Chris' "dream" girl.

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LFR7 - Game 17 - Loston - Tor 1, Bos 3

Steve Dangle
November 10 2013 12:39PM

 

Dotcha love it when the Leafs play the Bruins?

The Leafs injuries are starting to show, and Paul Ranger is starting to remind me of a lost child in a mall.

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