VIOLENT GENTLEMEN

Wanye
October 14 2014 09:06AM

During this past week we took a trip down to LA to watch the Kings open up their 2014-15 season by raising the Stanley Cup, have a chat with our new cousins at The Royal Half and have a chat with Violent Gentlemen. This article is about their cool company and how they have helped me greatly with the Nation Network. 

You have been forewarned in advance. Anyone looking for Corsi/Fenwick6 calculations should skip this piece.

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Trevor Gillies Suspended for 12 (More) AHL Games

Ryan Pike
October 13 2014 04:28PM

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Despite all the festiveness around the hockey world - jointly celebrating Thanksgiving Monday and Columbus Day - the American Hockey League has dropped the proverbial hammer on Adirondack Flames forward Trevor Gillies for his antics on October 10.

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The Home and Road Effect

Ryan Pike
October 13 2014 08:30AM

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Coaching in the National Hockey League is basically two sets of skills. At home, you need to effectively identify the other team's weakest players and put your best players out against them in order to maximize your home ice advantage and last change. On the road, you need to cope with what happens when the other coach does that to you, and do your best to implement a game-plan to counter the disadvantage you face while on the road.

Over the course of the pre-season, in discussions with other media members, I noted that coaching against the Calgary Flames probably has a simple strategy: isolate their best possession players (Giordano, Brodie and Backlund) as much as you can and do what you can to run up the score when they're not on the ice.

While no perfect measure exists quite yet to see if that is precisely the case, last year's data from Hockey Analysis (and War on Ice) allows us to compare possession stats at home and on the road to see how differently each player is used and how their Corsi production changes as a result.

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The Nation Minute

Nation World HQ
October 13 2014 06:00AM


The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week: Don Cherry and the Leafs, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jeff Petry, Mason Raymond and more.

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LINE COMBINATIONS: AN ADVANCED LOOK

Byron Bader
October 12 2014 12:31PM


The data collection for the NHL's new fancy stat motion has been impressive and is getting more detailed and helpful by the day.  There was always one thing missing for me ... advanced stats, or any stats at all, on line combinations.  Matt Pfeffer changed this through his website www.progressivehockey.com.  The site includes many of the pertinent stats of today (Corsi, Fenwick, WOWY, Usage, etc.) but it is also the first website that I've come across that has advanced stats on forward line combinations and d-pairings. 

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