Under the Microscope: Taylor Hall

    by  • February 10, 2014 • NHL • 10 Comments

    Analytics in hockey isn’t really about numbers. It’s about trying to break a hockey game or team or player down into little bite sized pieces that permit us to compare apples to apples and understand what separates teams, games and players. The numbers aren’t important because they’re numbers; they’re important because if they’re gathered...

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    Make your (stupid) bones

    by  • June 22, 2012 • NHL • 3 Comments

    I actually had doubts about posting this because it seems insane to think that the Oilers won’t just do the obvious smart play and take the guy they think will be the best forward. As the day has progressed, and guys like Bob Stauffer and Dan Tencer keep hinting it’s going to be Ryan...

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    Pucking Around, Mar 28th

    by  • March 28, 2012 • NHL • 5 Comments

    Mitigating a loss: No one – least of all me – will tell you that Taylor Hall undergoing his first major surgery at the tender age of 20 years old is a good thing. The news is the realization of a fear held by many fans that his style of play wouldn’t lend to...

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    Omark’s Defence

    by  • March 23, 2012 • NHL • 9 Comments

    Nichols’ Law of Catcher Defence: “A catcher’s defensive reputation moves in inverse proportion to the quality of his hitting.” From Lowetide’s thread at Oilersnation about the likelihood that Omark is gone at the end of this season: Linus Omark is woefully terrible defensively While we are all excited about his ability to play in...

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    Pucking Around, March 10th

    by  • March 10, 2012 • NHL • 7 Comments

    When I started this column I said I would just let it go wherever it took me and this week I’m thinking about ingredients and to tie it to a bit of pop culture nostalgia maybe you think back to when the Seinfeld gang were eating that delicious apparently non-fat but ultimately fattening yogurt....

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    I’m with Hallsy Potter

    by  • January 23, 2012 • NHL • 26 Comments

    As we roll towards the conclusion of another utterly awful year of Oilers hockey, it becomes more and more difficult to care about anything associated with the team. The terrible hockey and terrible decision making just starts to numb you after a while. The impact on your fandom is like freezing to death; after...

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    Applied Scoring Chances

    by  • January 7, 2012 • NHL • 8 Comments

    Jason Gregor raises a good point in the comments to my last post: The Oilers have 32 PP goals 5on4 at the midway point of the season, last year they had 41. Wouldn’t you say they are significantly better on the PP. I would argue that the combination of RNH and Eberle have made...

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    Star Posts 2010-11 NHL Ticket Revenue Numbers

    by  • January 2, 2012 • NHL • 14 Comments

    The occasional leaking of NHL financial data to the Toronto Star is always a fun reminder of the extent to which the NHL exists to rip off Canadians and hockey fans. The confidential document shows that the six Canadian NHL clubs last season accounted for about 33 per cent of the $1.2 billion (U.S.)...

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