Analytics mailbag: Save percentages, PDO, and repeatability

#168910764 / gettyimages.com 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…

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The Return of Leo?

Uncle Leo! It’s playoff time, so Leafs talk is scarce. Let’s all take a moment to chuckle at that in a somber manner, sigh, pause for a moment, and tuck all that anguish deep down inside until it resurfaces as an ulcer. Anyway, the buzz of the day appears to be the seemingly likely possibility…

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Marlies Fall 6-3 in First Loss of Playoffs

The Toronto Marlies needed Game 1 to be a serious wake up call. Winning 5-1 is nice, but if you replay a game where you get outshot 50-19 a hundred times, I doubt you get many more wins, let alone by four goals. They needed to take more control of tonight’s game, and they needed…

Did “Marlies West” Work?

#476684377 / gettyimages.com I had a bit of writers block today, and couldn’t think of a topic to write about. I have a series of articles I have in mind, but I want to make sure I can do it before I start investing time into it. Naturally, my response was to ask Twitter what…

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Justin’s NHL Draftbook (2013-1963)

Hello friends,  I’ve been working on this NHL draft selection database on and off over the past year. I’ve simply referred to it as a ‘Draftbook’. It took a while to build it, clean it up, and then decide what to do with it… but now that it’s ‘finished’ I’ve decided to simply post it online for everyone to…

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Mailbag: Coastal Shots and Character Counts

The Marlies are off until Monday. I have a weird High School reunion-esque thing to go to today, and probably have little time to do much else other than write a mailbag. In unrelated news, hey have this mailbag! …that sounded selfish. The mailbag shouldn’t be the “Jeff is too distracted to do research” thing. Besides,…

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Marlies Take 1-0 Series Lead over Texas

Heading into tonights game, the Texas Stars’ home ice advantage had some prior history on its side. They haven’t lost a playoff game at home this season. Their opponents haven’t beat them in Cedar Park since November 2012. They’ve only lost 9 of 42 home games this year on the whole. It’s a scary situation to be in,…