Mid-year Update on the Flames

January 17 2016 11:00AM

We’ve arrived at the Flames’ update at last. Our previous two, the Canucks and Oilers, reviewed the progress of the roster players, possession metrics, sv%’s and various other metrics used to track a team.

For those interested, here's the pre-season look at the Flames.

The Flames had a tough start to the season and I suppose I could save you reading through this article by just summarizing the first few months by saying they looked lost early and were sunk by atrocious goaltending but appear now to be rounding into something resembling an NHL team.

However, let’s see if we can’t do a little better than that.

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Mid-Year Update on the Oilers

January 15 2016 08:00AM

I don’t know that many teams going into the 2015-2015 had as mixed expectations as the Oilers, simultaneously predicted to do great things with Connor McDavid and be terrible because, well, they have been for such a very long time.

So how have things gone for this enigmatic organization thus far? Well, not surprisingly, both bad and good, albeit relatively speaking.

Again, we are revisiting the three Pacific Division teams we first examined at the beginning of the season: the Canucks, Oilers and Flames.

Previously we looked in on the Canucks’ season to see how things were progressing.

Today we look at the Oilers.

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Mid-Year Update on the Canucks

January 13 2016 08:00AM

We’re past Christmas and New Year’s and officially into the second half of the season where we can begin to separate those teams that are playoff bound from the rest of the league. There will likely remain a collection of teams in the middle of the standings jostling for position and making roster adjustments to try and secure a post-season berth.

We’ve also now accrued enough data to get a small picture on the performances of the three Pacific Division teams that we examined back in October: the Canucks, Oilers and Flames.

So what can we learn from looking at the teams’ performances to-date and how might it inform our expectations of them for the last half of this season?

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Death Bows His Head and Weeps

November 11 2015 11:00AM

*The title for this article is taken from Rainer Maria Rilke's poem "Death"

*The above video is an excellent source of information on the daily lives of soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War. If you cannot read this article, I implore you to watch this video.

Today is Remembrance Day, and in the past I have written of sports figures who had forgone prestigious or rewarding sports careers to serve in the military during times of war, the impact of past post-war treaty negotiations upon the modern world, and unlikely truces.

Today I’ll be writing on the personal experience of war, from ancient times to the present. Soldiers, both fallen and the wounded, as well as civilians caught up in conflagrations have all left behind fragments of the lives destroyed by war.

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Rex's Book Report: Hockey Abstract 2015

October 08 2015 01:04PM


This article isn’t about statistics.

This article isn’t about PDO, regression, Corsi, Fenwick, save percentages, shooting percentages, or any of the other advanced analytical categories that are bandied about so often.

This article is about hockey.

Specifically, this article is about a book about hockey written by a guy who loves to use statistics. So yeah, maybe there’s some stats in the article, but what I’m doing today is telling you about Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract Update 2015-2016, and why it is as much a hockey book as it is a primer for advanced analytics.

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