This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.
Welcome to edition number ten 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.
On this fine Thursday we begin with a post by Gus Katsaros at Leafs Nation. In the post Gus broke down the Leafs season into 20 game segments to see if any conclusions could be drawn about what went wrong. His final conclusion?
At even strength, Toronto was competitive. When special teams came into play, especially the penalty kill the team fell apart. It started early in the season around Game 20 and heralded the demise of their coach.
And another spring without playoffs.
Welp. Sorry Leafs fans. Follow the link over to Leafs Nation to read the rest of the post. It’s very detailed and packed full of the statistical analysis we want to bring to your attention on a daily basis.
* At Canucks Army, Thomas Drance dove into the question of whether or not Ryan Kesler is actually a puck hog or not.
* Andrew Berkshire at Habs Eyes On The Prize takes the scalpel to the career of Michel Therrien.
* Michael Traikos of nationalpost.com compiled a list of players to “get rid of” if the new CBA allows for amnesty buyouts. The premise was to find one player per team. Some of the suggestions are rather crazy, and it’s filled with logic such as :
Ottawa Senators: Sergei Gonchar
The offence comes from Erik Karlsson, so Gonchar’s US$5.5-million salary does not provide much help.
* Ross Marowits of The Canadian Press discusses how Molson Coors sales are taking a beating during the NHL Lockout.
* Lighthouse Hockey searches for the secret location of the NHL CBA meetings.
* At Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski wrote about Henrik Lundqvist dumping on the talent of the Swedish Elite League during the lockout.
* Puck Daddy also posted a link to quite possibly the ugliest jersies I’ve ever seen before. Meet Los IceHogs:
I don’t think anything else can reasonably be said after an image like that.