• The Best Ten Games Since 2006

    by Tyler Dellow • December 11, 2013 • Hockey • 3 Comments

    We pay attention to Corsi% close because it’s a measure of how likely your team is to score the next goal when a hockey game is close – within a goal in the first two periods and tied in the third. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Oilers’ Corsi% close in their last ten games, 55.3%, is their best number of the calendar year of 2013.

    It’s actually more than that – it’s their best number since at least the start of the 2007-08 season.

    Realistically, it’s probably their best number since some point in 2005-06, which is kind of impressive. Amusingly, their worst ten game stretch since 2007-08 was the ten games that immediately preceded these ten games, at 39.1%. It’s a pretty schizophrenic group, although I continue to think that there may have been a tactical decision that produced really bad Corsi% close for about fifteen games that they changed around the time of the Columbus game. We’ll see how things hold up now that the schedule is tougher.

    Other notes of interest: man, did Steve Tambellini probably screw up when he roused himself from his torpor and fired Tom Renney. I went through and graphed the five coaches that the Oilers have had.

    You can see that there are certain similarities with Renney and MacTavish. Both had two seasons in this period, for one. More interesting, both had better second seasons than the first. MacT’s 07-08 team had a Corsi% close of 45.1%; the next year it was 47.3%. Things collapsed with Quinn (44.9%) but I’ve long suspected that if MacTavish had coached that team, the Grand Collapse wouldn’t have been as severe.

    Thing were even worse in Renney’s first year – 43.6%. In 2011-12 though, things had improved to 47%, with the last 62 games being played at a 47.8% rate. Renney was then fired and things were awful with Krueger. You wonder how things might have been different if the Oilers had left Renney in place. They might reasonably have been expected to be more competitive in the 2012-13 season, which may well have saved Tambellini’s job.

    In any event, this has been a pretty interesting ten games. The Oilers have had good stretches as far as the record goes since 2007-08 but they’ve generally been dependent on the percentages. The last ten games – legitimate complaints about horrific miscues notwithstanding – have been the best possession hockey we’ve seen from the Oilers since probably 2006.

    It’s a start.

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    3 Responses to The Best Ten Games Since 2006

    1. Anthony
      December 11, 2013 at

      Great post as usual. Just wondering if you could post something like a comparison from a team that’s been good for the same span too, like say Detroit, Chicago, San Jose… Sometimes the Oiler’s futility/advances gets lost on their own island.

    2. Showerhead
      December 13, 2013 at

      ” The last ten games – legitimate complaints about horrific miscues notwithstanding – have been the best possession hockey we’ve seen from the Oilers since probably 2006.

      It’s a start.”

      This is the first real sign of a corner being turned. For the last few years we have had a lot of wishful thinking and some occasionally creative narrative, but this is the real thing.

      What do we do? I feel like it’s April and the snow has just melted and I can see some patches of green grass here and there but I am fully aware that I live in Winnipeg and it can snow any goddamned day right up until June so I don’t dare dream of putting my shovel away until the sundresses come out.

    3. Bank Shot
      December 22, 2013 at

      I guess it turned out to be just some randomness in the CORSI numbers.

      Even a blind squirrel and all that jazz.

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