Number Chains – November 19, 2012 Links

Updated: November 19, 2012 at 12:10 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 twelve 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.

Harrison Mooney was able to have more fun writing a post during the lockout than anyone else thus far. On Sunday, the lord’s day, Harrison wrote about the booming sex industry in Canada with the lockout in full swing. As he and this quote from the Toronto Sun put it:

According to Vinay Morker, the owner of Edmonton’s Hush Lingerie and More boutique, sales of his sex merch have gone up 15% since October. From the Toronto Sun:

“When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time,” Morker said. “And there’s nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend.”

Morker said Hush’s main clientele is couples looking to “expand their horizons” and he’s seen a 15% jump in the sales of their sex toys, lingerie, games and sexual guides, like The Kama Sutra, since October.

The post goes out with a bang and a quasi-salute to our own Eric T when alternative opening lines for the post were discussed:

With no hockey on the schedule, NHL diehards have turned to creating zone entries on their own.

Bravo. We might not have hockey, but we have zone entry sex jokes. Less sex, but more stats and lockout posts are after the jump.

* At Hockey Prospectus, Matthew Coller talks about part of this lockout that hasn’t really been covered much. He talks about fixes to the on ice product. Check it out.

* Tyler Dellow took the time to compare the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks powerplays from 2008-2012. Among his conclusions is this:

If you’re a guy charged with running a successful PP, how can you have any degree of certainty about where you’re good and where you need to improve if you don’t have the thing broken down into a series of digestible parts that you can then compare against other teams? Just knowing who’s good doesn’t help you too much if you’re trying to run an NHL team; you need to know why they’re good. Data like zone entry success rates and seconds per zone entry attempt would provide a useful measuring stick. If it was gathered.

* Japers’ Rink had a post comparing the career paths of Brett Hull and Alex Ovechkin.

* Jonathan Willis asked whether or not teams are actually losing money at Cult of Hockey.

*  At Eyes On The Prize, Bruce Peter looks at the second line scoring of the Canadiens.

* Finally today, Mike Keenan is heading to Israel.

For the first time in 16 years, ice hockey will make an appearance at the 19th Maccabiah Games scheduled to begin in Israel in July 2013. All the hockey games will be played at the Canada Center in Metula, home to the largest ice rink in Israel. Teams from Canada, the U.S., France and Israel are expected to compete.

As with most international hockey events, Team Canada is the likely favorite. Leading the Canadian squad to Israel will be NHL coaching legend Mike Keenan

I can’t imagine the ice being very good in Israel in July. Good luck, Mike.

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