The Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 3: Frankfurter Sandwiches

That's Offside!
January 27 2015 11:00AM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

In the third episode of the Hockey Graphs Podcast, Garret and Rhys argue about the definition of what a sandwich is, mourn the death of Corsi, kick rocks at Mike Richards, and have a look at some prospects. Also, Garret has NEWS! Join us after the jump!

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Size Does Matter: Defencemen

Josh W
January 27 2015 09:30AM

In MoneyPuck’s most recent article, he analyzed the NHL success rate of CHL forwards based on their size and point production .  We know that offensive production is not the single determining factor as to whether an NHL player is good from an analytics perspective, but MoneyPuck demonstrated that point production in the CHL is a good indicator of NHL success.  Similarly, a player who is taller than average also increases their chances of success.  If you combine both factors positively in a young CHL forward, their chance of success rises greatly.

In our previous experiment, we split forward and defencemen data, as they are two different types of players and their success rates are different.  In this article, I will continue where MoneyPuck left off to present you the success rates for CHL defencemen, broken down by their height and CHL scoring rate. 

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Nation Network NHL Power Rankings: All-Star Break Edition

Thomas Drance
January 26 2015 11:48AM

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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!

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Are the Canucks Better Without Kevin Bieksa?

That's Offside!
January 26 2015 10:00AM

More than halfway through the NHL season, the Vancovuer Canucks continued to have good luck with injuries. Sure, they'd lost Dan Hamhuis to a fluky leg injury and Zack Kassian to a broken finger for a short while, but they hadn't exactly been the Columbus Blue Jackets in terms of an absolutely decimated roster. In fact, in terms of man-games lost to injury, the Canucks have been the 6th healthiest team in the NHL. Weighting for cap hit of injured players, they've been the 4th healthiest team.

This will take a hit in the upcoming weeks though, as Kevin Bieksa underwent surgery on a broken hand on Wednesday, meaning that he'll be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. Bieksa though has struggled at times this season and come under fire for his defensive deficiencies and casual appearance on the ice, leading some fans to question whether the Canucks will actually benefit from his absence.

Has Kevin Bieksa actually become so bad that Vancouver will be better without him? Let's explore after the jump.

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First Star, Worst Star: January 25th, 2015

jeanshorts
January 25 2015 02:08PM

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First Star. Worst Star. All-Star. All-Star Weekend. It's the All-Star Weekend Edition of First Star, Worst Star! 

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