What Monkeys and Hockey Fans Have in Common

Danny Gray
September 04 2011 11:09AM

Most people know the story of Pavlov’s dogs. He conditioned dogs to expect food at the sound of a bell. As a result when they heard the bell they began to salivate, even if no food was presented. Diehard hockey fans are similarly conditioned. The elation and misery experienced by fans can be explained by a tiny molecule in our brains called dopamine. It’s not hockey we’re all addicted to, it’s dopamine.

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Player types: The two-way forward

Cam Charron
September 02 2011 02:34PM



Earlier this week, I took to the Nations Network to further analyze a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players, sharing a theory I have with "high event" hockey players.

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Robin Brownlee
September 01 2011 11:06AM

With Sidney Crosby's hockey career hanging in the balance because of concussions and Marc Savard's apparently over, the NHL's overdue decision to address headshots in the game is a classic case of being a day late and a dollar short.

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Remembering Wade Belak

Pension Plan Puppets
August 31 2011 11:38PM

Wade Belak's passing yesterday came as a massive shock to the hockey community. It's another in a trio of incomprehensible tragedies this summer that have left hockey fans and observers trying to find patterns that may not be there in the hopes that they'll be able to prevent future deaths. Other stories will delve deeper into those topics but for now I just want to highlight some of my favourite memories of the former Maple Leaf.

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Leafs' Goalies vs. Scoring Chances, 2010-11

Slava Duris
August 31 2011 08:58PM

I've put together scoring chances data for the Leafs' goaltenders.  This includes their performance against A, B, and C grade chances, against Net Presence type chances, and against opposition Breakaways and Odd Man Rushes in each situation (Even Strength, 1-man Advantage PPs, and PKs while down 1 man).

Once again, this is from the 80 games that I recorded on the season, I do not have the detailed data for the other two games.

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