Number Chains – November 1, 2012 Links

Updated: November 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm by Josh L.

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number six of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

The Hockey News is singing the praises of a pair of Detroit Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner are playing together for EV Zug in the Swiss league.To put it mildly, they’re working out well together:

“Detroit said they were going to put (Brunner) on a line with Zetterberg, so I got to do it first,” Zug coach Doug Shedden said Wednesday in an interview. “I texted (Red Wings GM) Kenny Holland and said: `It works.”‘

Has it ever.

Zetterberg is playing like a man possessed with seven goals and 11 points in just five league games—four of them victories for Zug to go along with a shootout loss—while Brunner sits on top of the Swiss scoring table. The third member of the line, former Edmonton Oilers forward Linus Omark, is also among the league leaders in points.

It’s only a matter of time before Omark is a Red Wing and leading the league in scoring.

All the analytical writing you can handle to begin November can be found after the jump. Rob Vollman, Timo Seppa, Justin Bourne, Slava Malamud, and Gabe Desjardins all await your readership.

* Rob Vollman checks in with his point projections for the remaining Edmonton Oilers forwards.

* Timo Seppa has a preview of Hockey Prospectus 2012-13 which includes work from our very own Eric T.

* Justin Bourne tells us about the lockout doings of Johnny Oduya. He just played hockey in Thailand. Yeah, Thailand.

* Slava Malamud tells us about the benefits bashing America brings to the KHL.

* And lastly today Gabe Desjardins talks about how fortunate the San Francisco Giants are to win their second World Series with a poor process leading to great results. Luck dragons were clearly on the Giants payroll:

Bottom line: just as in 2010, Brian Sabean had no idea his team was good enough to win the World Series. He certainly didn’t build it to be that good. But everything broke exactly in his favor and here we are. A just deity would have punished San Francisco’s fairweather baseball fans in exactly the same way that she punished its football fans earlier this year.

Welcome to November, where football, basketball, and hockey are supposed to be going strong as the only sports on the landscape.

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