• 21 search results for ""open play""

    Orpik, Niskanen, Joe Morgan and the Engine Room

    by  • July 6, 2014 • Hockey • 37 Comments

    In the mid-2000s, as baseball’s datawars raged, a blog was started up by some TV writers called Fire Joe Morgan. Morgan, despite not having read Moneyball, positioned himself as the leading voice against both the book (which he condemned Billy Beane for writing) and the whole idea of using data in baseball generally. He...

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    Panthers Buy Out Jovanovski

    by  • June 29, 2014 • Hockey • 5 Comments

    In July of 2011, one of Dale Tallon’s first acts as GM of the Florida Panthers was to sign Ed Jovanovski to a four year $16.5MM deal. It was silly from the moment that it was signed and, today, the Panthers announced that they were buying Jovanovski out of his contract. Jovanovski was the...

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    Jake v. Randy II

    by  • May 13, 2014 • Hockey • 4 Comments

    I wrote a post yesterday about why the Maple Leafs did so much better following neutral zone faceoff wins after the Olympics with Jake Gardiner on the ice than they did when he wasn’t on the ice. It was pretty stark. Post-Olympics, Gardiner was on the ice for 73 NZ wins. The Leafs generated...

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    Jake v. Randy I

    by  • May 13, 2014 • Hockey • 6 Comments

    If you follow the Toronto Maple Leafs – and if you live in Toronto, you can’t really help it – you’ll know that one of the intriguing stories about the team over the past two seasons is an apparent disconnect between Jake Gardiner and Randy Carlyle. Carlyle seems to feel that Gardiner makes too...

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    Evolution? OZ Faceoff Losses in 2013-14

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Hockey • 2 Comments

    I’ve been prattling on for a while about Bruce Boudreau’s team, how they play following offensive zone faceoff losses and the fine results that they achieve. I was doing my year-end totting up of the data and I happened across something interesting. Start at the beginning. I classify shot attempts depending on when the...

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    The Carlyle Effect

    by  • April 14, 2014 • Hockey • 12 Comments

    One of the biggest changes in my views as I’ve gotten deeper into looking at hockey through a number lens is my belief in the impact of coaching. I was initially a skeptic on the value of coaching. I still am, to a degree. In many cases, I think that that which we attribute...

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    Dave Nonis And Analytics

    by  • November 11, 2013 • Hockey • 23 Comments

    Dave Nonis appeared on a panel today that talked about hockey analytics. For reasons I’ll never understand, they never really have a coherent advocate of hockey analytics on these panels – at most, you get some sort of a nebbish character who’s intimidated by hockey people. At worst, you get a guy who knows...

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