Why We Undervalue Defensive Contributions

Danny Gray
October 17 2011 10:36AM



James Reimer and Tyler Bozak were both praised for their defensive efforts against the Flames on Saturday night. After the Flames jumped out to a quick two goal lead each made a strong play to prevent the Flames from extending their lead. Unfortunately their efforts would have gone unnoticed if not for the offense of Phil Kessel. All too often strong defensive play is only rewarded retroactively after a goal is scored. On the other hand “big” saves only earn that status after the game is finished. Hindsight Bias causes us to both under and over value defensive contributions.

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Leafs and Flames Shift by Shift

Danny Gray
October 16 2011 02:24PM

At about the same time the Leafs were spotting the Flames a two goal courtesy lead I was enduring a turbulence filled landing at Billy Bishop Airport.

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October 16 2011 02:07PM

One week into the NHL season and there are already a ton of items on Lowetide's agenda this week. Arena talk in Edmonton, Luongo's early season struggles in Vancouver and a detailed look at the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma.

This is NationRadio.

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Player types: Conclusion, and in defense of the "low-event" superstar

Cam Charron
October 16 2011 09:18AM



Well, after a couple of weeks of research and organizing and sorting, we got six basic standard "player types" that are sorted between "high- and low-event" players that I'll be using for a little bit more of my analysis on the Nations.

If you missed it, those six player types are:

The Two-Way Forward
The Defensive Forward
The Offensive Liability
The No-Way Forward
The Defensive Liability
The Offensive Forward

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JP Nikota
October 15 2011 09:29PM

Like in their previous two starts, the Leafs took the first period to wake up, and quickly fell behind 2-0 to a hard-working Calgary Flames team. A defensive miscommunication between Nikolai Kulemin and John-Michael Liles, and a bad bounce off a Leafs' defenceman's skate both left Reimer with almost no chance.

Luckily for the Leafs, Calgary had some trouble staying out of the box. The Leafs never scored on the PP, but it definitely helped to keep the puck out of their end while they remembered how to play hockey.

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