NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 2


The second iteration of the NHLNumbers Podcast features the regular crew from episode one (myself, Jon Willis and Justin Azevedo) as well as Gabriel Desjardins of behindthenet.ca and Arctic Ice Hockey fame. Gabe is one of the best minds in the world and pioneer when it comes to advanced hockey analysis so we were thrilled he was able to appear for the whole show.

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Segment 1

In part 1 we discuss corsi, zone starts and PDO. What are these strange stats? Do they really have value? Why the odd names??

Segment 2

Quality of competition and shot quality are the mains topics in part 2. We also get into some of the short-comings and weaknesses of current quantitative analysis.

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Segment 3

In part 3 we consider the problems surrounding predicting and valuing goaltending in the NHL. The recent massive contract of Pekka Rinne is the focus.

Whole thing

Justin Azevedo can be found at Matchsicks and Gasoline. Jonathan Willis writes for the Nations, Hockey Prospectus and the Cult of Hockey. Follow Gabe on twitter @behindthenet.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Here’s some NHLNumbers we can all understand….

    On this day, the sixteenth day of November in the year two thousand and eleven in the year of our Lord. The Calgary Flames sit in 14th place in the western conference standings. I must say this looks very nice hanging around Jay Feasters neck.

    That is all.

    This concludes this public service announcement.

    • book¡e

      You have to view this in the context of all of the great draft picks and young talent that the Flames organization has accumulated in recent years though.


      • Quicksilver ballet

        OH MAN!, can’t believe you went there Bookie. Have to hand it to you, you’re one sick sommbeach, you and your sense of humor.

        Abbotsford would actually beat the Calgary Flames on a regular basis now. Their farm team leads the western conference in the AHL. Were you trying to start a fire here? It’s not even game day, what will tommorow bring i wonder.

        Well played sir.