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Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been in the NHL for less than one year, not much time to break one of Wayne Gretzky’s formidable records. But with an assist on Andre Benoit’s overtime winner against Detroit, the first overall pick in last June’s draft surpassed the Great One’s mark of 12 consecutive games with at least one point by an 18-year-old player, set in 1979-80. Gretzky finished that season with 137 points.
Alex Ovechkin is one of the NHL’s elite goal scorers, but this season he’s taking things to another level, one just a handful of players have been to before him.
On Saturday night, the Russian winger potted his 20th goal in the Capitals’ 22nd game of the season, increasing his League-leading total in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
At his current clip of 0.91 goals per game, Ovechkin is on pace for over 74 on the season – the highest since countryman Alexander Mogilny scored 76 with Buffalo in 1992-93. The total would shatter Ovi’s personal best of 65, set in 2007-08, and displace Wayne Gretzky’s 1984-85 season as the eight-best ever. Some have suggested that he could be the first players to hit the vaunted 50-goals-in-50-games mark since Brett Hull did it in back-to-back seasons in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
By Allan Muir
Now this is the kind of advanced numbers analysis we all can comprehend.
The folks over at saveonbrew.com have compiled their (apparently) annual report on the cost of a frosty beverage at each of the NHL’s 30 rinks. And while there are no happy hour-style bargains out there, the survey revealed there are still a few buildings that don’t require a co-signer if you want to pick up a round for you and your puck-loving buddies.
The best bargain (relatively speaking) in the league? A 24-ounce silly pop will set you back just $6.25 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. Contrast that to the $8.00 you’ll shell out for a 12-ounce thimble at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay and it’s no wonder Lightning crowds sound like a golf gallery most nights.
The survey also states that 18 million 12-ounce brews will be sold over the course of the shortened season, generating $142 million. That’s about enough for each team to pay for a solid second-line forward…or to park a goalie in the minor leagues if you’re the Islanders.
Ready to feel envy, or maybe a little relief, the next time you belly up to the concession stand? Check out this handy infographic.
By Allan Muir
“I like him. Great shot, quick release, high compete level, and his Fenwick and Corsi Relative numbers are off the charts!”
– Something no one in hockey has said to me. Ever.
Bruce Dowbiggen wrote a solid column on Monday for the Globe and Mail about a missed opportunity to explain the true value of Vancouver’s Manny Malhotra in the wake of his apparent career-ending injury.
Now, anyone who has paid the Canucks a lick of attention could point to Malhotra’s success in the face-off circle and defensive prowess as attributes that the team will miss. And honestly, for a fourth-line center who averaged about 11 minutes a night, that might be as in-depth as the eulogy needed to go.
But Dowbiggen, a vocal proponent of the use of advanced analytics in hockey — let’s just call ‘em “fancy stats” — saw a chance to weave a more nuanced yarn.
He pointed to a fancy stat that highlights zone starts. It painted exactly how effective (and nearly exclusively used) Malhotra was in his role, and from that Dowbiggen was able to correlate how Malhotra freed up the Sedins to save their energy for the offensive zone. And that, he argued, gave a more accurate assessment of Malhotra’s impact than the “amiable banter” most television analysts offered.
Dowbiggen might have a point. Hockey has traditionally been an under-analyzed sport. It’s only within the past 15 years that the NHL began officially recording stats such as giveaways, takeaways, blocked shots and hits. To this day, things like zone time, passing accuracy and puck possession are concepts left to individual teams to track, if they’re so inclined.
That data vacuum led to a new generation of homemade and highly unofficial stats that purport to reveal hidden truths, as well as give fact-based support to concepts that originated in the gut.