Ken Campbell, Ovechkin, and keeping current. My Blog: Read More
Conventional Wisdom says that NHL games are "harder" down the stretch of a long season, and in the playoffs. Let's see if that's true... Read More
#ShadowOvechkin. #ShadowOvechkin when he's on the Capitals' power play, I mean specifically. It's something I've tweeted many, many, many times. It even lends itself to a character-saving play on words. I've been in reasonably-civil arguments online about it with people who make decent points. But so far, I remain steadfast in my belief: When on a 4v5 PK against the Caps, the penalty-killing team should have a F glue himself to Ovechkin to limit his shots from the Ovi Spot. Last night, the NYR let him fire away from that spot, and it ended up leading to the first goal of the night (originally credited to Ovi, but later changed to Justin Williams). Read More
Whether Tanner Glass plays one game in 2016/17, or the rest of them, it probably doesn't matter much for the NYR's chances at the 2017 Stanley Cup. The Defense is just so so bad.
But it's fun to look at players on the extreme of stats - the truly great and the truly awful. So let's look at just how bad Glass has been... Read More
Joe, the big cheese at BlueshirtBanter, has an article today called Hayes and Miller's Growth Vital to Rangers Success. It's a good article and you've already probably read it. Here's the comment that got me re-thinking.... Read More
The conventional wisdom is that Roger Federer's weakness, to the extent that he has one, is in his one-handed backhand. This is especially an issue against Rafael Nadal, who has traditionally, at least according to that same conventional wisdom, targeted attacks on Federer's backhand side with Nadal's high-bouncing lefty forehand. When Nadal gets that forehand kicking off the court, and makes Federer try to muscle an awkward one-handed backhand groundstroke from a hit point higher up towards his shoulder, it generally spells trouble for Federer. ... Read More
Jimmy Vesey got off to a very good start. In his first 10 games, he scored 6 goals, and 9 points. After that, his production dried up. Has he...dun dun dunnnn....HIT THE WALL? Read More
The other day I laid out the Penalty Killing results of the top NYR Forwards. At the end, I made a bad, poorly written joke about the results of the Defensemen probably being terrible. Hint: my jokes are as bad as my predictions. Read More
The Rangers #fancystats at 5v5 have, aside from Kreider/Stepan/Zuccarello, been terrible. But one bright spot so far has been the special teams, especially the Penalty Killing. What was a major mess in 2015/16 has become a team strength in 2016/17. There are probably many reasons (the bottom 6 forwards signed in the off-season, improved play from the returning skaters, Dan Girardi being a magical broken clock that's on time more than expected) but who has the time to do a deep dive into that??? Read More
The 2016 holidays are over, but I'm always hunting for a good bargain. If you have lazy relatives, you probably have a few extra virtual dollars sitting on an impersonal bank Gift Card.
So if you don't want to be one of those people who let billions of gift card dollars go unused, the savvy marketers at the NHL are here to help. As of today, there are approximately 3600 NHL-developed-and-endorsed products "on sale" at NHL.com. I've painstakingly gone through all of them to find you the Best Deals (all prices USD, since that's all the NHL cares about). Read More
David Staples is a writer at the Edmonton Journal...no no wait come back!!! Stick with me...
He recently wrote his latest screed on apparent league MVP Kris Russell: "Why there's such furious disagreement on the merits of Kris Russell..." where he summarizes some of the different writings on Russell. There's no reason for me to try and rebut Staples' argument - others who are smarter than me, and better writers/educators have done that before, and this time is no different. ... Read More
In Part 1, I looked at the NYR first 10 games, from a 5v5 perspective. Now let's check out the PP (5v4) and PK (4v5) results. To my eyes, both the PP and the PK are completely transformed from last season - but unfortunately there's not a lot to analyze without getting more granular microdata and video. Read More
Based on Watching the Games™, it seems like the Rangers are playing better than last season. While the 2015/16 team started 6-2-1-1 in its first ten games, I think the conventional wisdom was that the team was being outplayed, but riding a hot start from the normally slow-starting Lundqvist. The 2016/16 team has started out 7-3, and I'd bet the CW is the opposite - this is a strong team mostly outplaying the opposition, and the skaters performance is overcoming a slow start by Lundqvist. Read More
Rogers Place, the new home of perennial-[lottery]-winners Edmonton Oilers, issued a press release [!!!!] for its latest specialty food item, the Bobby Nick's Burger. Named for Oilers Entertainment [sic] Group CEO and Vice Chairman Bob Nicholson, the burger is...well let's go to the press release. Read More
NHL Awards are dumb - in large part because most of them are voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The addition of many "bloggers" to the PHWA has improved the quality of the membership's decision-making, but those newer, more open-minded members, are still outnumbered by the many, terrible writers who have a vote... Read More
A month ago, I took a look at how Patrick Kane's season stacked up compared to his peers - specifically the other Top 20 scoring forwards at that time. I generally focused on offensive possession metrics (corsi, shots, and expected goals) because Kane has led the NHL in points scoring from the start, and I wanted to see if there was some way to really see if Kane was having the "outstanding" season people those points suggested. At the time, I saw that Kane was individually producing a lot of offensive attempts, and was getting favorable shooting percentages while on the ice. I also saw that his possession rates were in the middle of the pack, and that he was routinely at the bottom of the list in relative rates. Not only was he not outperforming his teammates compared to his Top 20 scoring peers - he was actually under-performing compared to his team itself.
Time for an update... Read More
Keith Yandle is considered a power play star, but early in the 2015/16 season, the Rangers rarely gave him "first unit" time. Well that's changed as the season wound down, so I wanted to see what impact he might have had... Read More
Anyone following the NYR season knows that the NYR are having a terrible defensive season, by #fancystats metrics, at least. As of today, the NYR are 20th in Score-Adjusted 5v5 CorsiFor% in the entire league. I think it's pretty well accepted now that good puck possession teams are better bets for playoff success.
I've also spent a fair amount of time marveling at the NYR's defensemen's possession results specifically, and, as I've tweeted before, they are bad, bad, and not good. So I thought it would be fun to see how the NYR defensemen's current Score-Adjusted 5v5 CorsiFor% measured up to other playoff teams in the BtN era... Read More