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Numbers On Ice column archives.


September 28, 2010

Numbers On Ice: What Makes Good Players Good, Part One

by Tom Awad

How do we evaluate who the best players in the National Hockey League are? Are there several statistics that are better indicators of performance than others?

June 1, 2010

Numbers On Ice: The Blackhawks' Main Advantage

by Tom Awad

Chicago took a two games to none lead in the Stanley Cup Final after last night's 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at the United Center. Only two games away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, how did the Blackhawks get to be as dominant as they are today? Well, taking a look at shot differential, a good indicator of postseason success that swings heavily to Chicago, is a great place to start.

May 14, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Ranking The Goalies

by Tom Awad

How much skill difference is there between goaltenders, who are the five best goalies in the league, why Boston's Tim Thomas deserves another chance as a starter, and why Montreal's Jaroslav Halak could be the real deal in the long run.

May 7, 2010

Numbers On Ice: How Much Skill Is There In Goaltending?

by Tom Awad

Is goaltending the result of skill or luck, is there a correlation between even-strength save percentage and penalty-kill save percentage, and which goalies benefit from arena scoring bias and poor shot quality?

April 23, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Does Shot Quality Exist?

by Tom Awad

Is shot quality actually random or is there more to the picture? Could the Colorado Avalanche, a team that many believe has overachieved because of their shot differential, be significantly better than we previously thought and could they even be Stanley Cup contenders next season for the second year in a row?

April 8, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Give Crosby The Hart

by Tom Awad

Sidney Crosby might be behind Alexander Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin in the MVP race as according to several pundits, but the numbers don't lie - Crosby is the most deserving of the Hart Trophy.

April 1, 2010

Numbers On Ice: The Three Cinderellas

by Tom Awad

Which three teams surprised both the pundits and VUKOTA this season, and will these organizations be back as contenders next year?

March 25, 2010

Numbers On Ice: The Toughest Jobs In The NHL

by Tom Awad

Which NHL players have the most difficult jobs based on faceoff location and opponent strength?

March 12, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Week 21 Power Rankings

by Tom Awad

In the Week 21 edition of the Power Rankings, Washington appears to be in a class of its own, Vancouver, San Jose and Chicago are far behind in the second tier, Carolina has turned it around, the Wild are a disappointment and the Senators are not as good as everyone thinks.

February 5, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Delta With Teammate Adjustments - DeltaSOT

by Tom Awad

Does DeltaSOT give us some surprising results as to who the best players in the NHL are and are there any black sheeps in the final numbers?

February 4, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Busting Road Myths

by Tom Awad

Can the Vancouver Canucks weather fourteen straight games away from home or will their road trip ultimately lead them to a steep dropoff in the second half of the season?

January 21, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Plus-Minus and Corsi have a Baby

by Tom Awad

What happens when Plus-Minus and Corsi are combined into one statistic? You get a very solid evaluation metric that should make any team wary of acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk in the future.

January 15, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Survival of the Fittest

by Tom Awad

Despite facing tougher competition, the Chicago Blackhawks remain the favorites, and only one other team is close behind.

January 7, 2010

Numbers On Ice: Week 14 Power Rankings

by Tom Awad

In the week 14 power rankings of the NHL season, the Blackhawks continue to show their dominance, the Canucks continue to remain under the radar, the Coyotes are for real and the Hurricanes are a mess.

December 3, 2009

Numbers On Ice: Week 9 Power Rankings

by Tom Awad

In the inaugural edition of the 2009-10 Power Rankings, the Sharks and Blackhawks find themselves in a league of their own, the Penguins and Red Wings disappoint, the Maple Leafs are who we thought they were, but at least they're not as bad as the Hurricanes, who are stuggling in every facet of the game.

November 24, 2009

Numbers On Ice: Strange But True, Crosby Hurting Pens

by Tom Awad

The Penguins are looking good, but their star's penalties, lack of power-play production are holding Pittsburgh back from greatness.

November 20, 2009

Numbers On Ice: Fatigue Worse Than Playing on the Road?

by Tom Awad

Is home ice advantage the result of playing at home, or is there perhaps another underlying reason for the advantage and what should NHL GMs do about this?

November 12, 2009

Numbers On Ice: A Castle Built on Sand

by Tom Awad

Some arenas might be overreporting and underreporting shot totals, which in turn could alter the objectivity of some stats, which could lead to a change in our opinions of the better teams and players in the league.

November 2, 2009

Numbers On Ice: Better Lucky Than Good?

by Tom Awad

Which teams have been lucky and which teams have been good? Who is really the best team in the NHL through October, and are some teams overachieving and underachieving? Have we learned anything from the first few weeks of play?

October 29, 2009

Numbers On Ice: The Good and The Great, Reflections on Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic

by Tom Awad

How will history remember Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic, are they hall of famers, and how do they rank among the all-time greats?

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