Where hockey’s new numbers get it wrong

#478511567 / gettyimages.com Like a lot of people, I’ve become increasingly concerned with the importance placed on several of these newfangled stats that take away from my enjoyment of the NHL game. Hockey was a better sport before all the bookkeepers came along and started siphoning out the fun by cataloguing everything and determining the…

Looking ahead to the future

#461707205 / gettyimages.com I haven’t posted much recently. I have several mailbag questions to get through and it’s at a bit of a bad time—I’ve been taking a six-week course that ends this week and just completed a move, but I plan on getting through the rest of the mailbag through the summer. If you…

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…

Ratings and records and misconceptions about analytics

#164688687 / gettyimages.com I was going to write a post explaining the issues and inconsistencies with that article that everybody is talking about, but Tyler Dellow has already done an excellent job and it might be redundant. I think the biggest point of contention for me is that a particular writer at the Toronto Sun has…

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The fatal flaw of analytics

#77032976 / gettyimages.com Whenever a hockey player doesn’t talk to the media, a common refrain from reporters is that “the media is how fans connect to players”. That is true, but not in the way the reporters think. The reality is that the media that connects us to hockey players is the television and radio—we’re…

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Randy and Jake

#484477733 / gettyimages.com Towards the end of the season, I thought it was commonly accepted that Randy Carlyle would bite the dust in the offseason, paving the way for this current Leafs core to get a chance to compete for a playoff spot under a different head coach. Perhaps one that isn’t so deliberately harmful…

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The Tyler Bozak Post

If the big debate last summer over Toronto’s offseason moves was an earthquake, the organizational treatment of Tyler Bozak was its epicentre. Between the day after the Leafs lost Game 7 to Boston and the beginning of training camp, my ‘Why Tyler Bozak should have played his last game as a Leaf’ article was the highest-viewed post…

A note on Dion Phaneuf’s “curious” second half…

Local strawman Steve Simmons writes the following: The first-half, second-half thing with Phaneuf was curious. He was sound the first-half, in Team Canada long-shot consideration, and disastrous over the final quarter of the season… Weird, huh.

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Ben Smith keeps Toronto alive with buzzer-beating goal

It’s not exactly like us to write about other teams here, but the playoff chase has gotten extremely interesting. Columbus and Chicago played a back and forth game that was knotted at 3 when Smith broke the hearts of the Blue Jackets announcers, tucking in a backhander on a mad scramble with 4 seconds left…