• Hockey

    Two Diametrically Opposed Offences

    by  • July 23, 2014 • Hockey • 20 Comments

    Most of the hockey games I watch involve the Edmonton Oilers. They’re the team I support and, frankly, if I haven’t quit them yet it seems like I’m unlikely to quit them in the future. Given that the NHL is set up in such a way that Oilers hockey can provide me with a...

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    Good Fits At The Margin

    by  • July 18, 2014 • Hockey • 8 Comments

    This is, I promise, the last time that I’ll write about Anton Stralman until like January but I wanted to post a quick comment about his signing in Tampa Bay. The first trades that really made me think about marginal value (I’m slow) were the 2003 Oilers trade of Anson Carter and Ales Pisa...

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    Signing Schultz

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Hockey • 3 Comments

    There’s a poll running over at the Edmonton Journal about what the Oilers should do with Justin Schultz. If the options listed in the poll – particularly the short term ones – were actually plausible options I suspect that he might be signed already. Unfortunately for Schultz, they really aren’t. I whipped up a...

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    Pyrrhic Faceoff Wins and Refining Problems

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Hockey • 3 Comments

    A few months back, I wrote a pair of posts about what I referred to as the Oilers’ Pyhrric faceoff wins in the offensive zone. There were a few different observations tied up in there, which I can summarize like so: 1) Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins won a lot more OZ faceoffs after...

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    RNH, Crosby and IPP

    by  • July 10, 2014 • Hockey • 5 Comments

    Sidney Crosby scores more points at 5v5 than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Last year, Sid put up 2.54 PTS/60 at 5v5. RNH put up 1.5 PTS/60 at 5v5. This was Sid’s worst 5v5 season in terms of his scoring rate for as long as we have this information: from 2007-13, he scored 3.48 PTS/60. It’s weird...

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    Set Play Klaxon!

    by  • July 9, 2014 • Hockey • 3 Comments

    Like all right thinking people, I love set plays in hockey. The game is unlike basketball, in that it doesn’t really provide opportunities to run plays in the organized fashion of basketball. From a tactical perspective, coaching a hockey team is sort of like driving on ice compared to basketball. You have some control...

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    Seriously, Points Aren’t Offence

    by  • July 8, 2014 • Hockey • 19 Comments

    I had an exchange yesterday with everyone’s favourite favouriter on Twitter, @tsetse_fly. Just on IPP: points aren’t offence. While you pretty much have to be recognized as a star to have a big IPP as a D, lots of star D post… — mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) July 7, 2014 …great Corsi without putting up big...

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    Pouliot: Possession and Production

    by  • July 7, 2014 • Hockey • 6 Comments

    Jason Gregor, in a piece entitled ““POULIOT: POSSESSION OVER PRODUCTION”: Nine years after being drafted, Pouliot is going to carry more unfair expectations due to his new five-year, $20 million contract. I’m not a fan of signing a third liner player to a five year contract. I think Pouliot can be a very useful...

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    Jeff Petry Signs, Cody Franson Smiles

    by  • July 7, 2014 • Hockey • 3 Comments

    Jeff Petry signed a one year contract today that was a pretty good deal for the Oilers, I think. Petry will make $3.075M, which is so low that I kind of wonder if he wouldn’t have been better off going to arbitration to try and bump the number up by a few hundred thousand...

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    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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