Stats Quickie: Scoring & Possession in Larger Samples

October 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am by Derek

A few weeks ago, I did some analysis on how well a player’s relative Corsi% in one season predicts his relative Corsi% in the next. I found that it was pretty comparable to how well shooting percentage predicts itself year-to-year. However, working with one-year samples means that we subject ourselves to a lot of variation.
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John Moore Suspended 5 Games

October 29th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by Ross Rhea

NY Rangers' John Moore suspended 5 games for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota's Erik Haula. Video: — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 29, 2014 After getting 2 games for last years hit, the NHL climbed the ladder and this time went to 5 games for John Moore. Tough break, but he
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John Moore to have in-person meeting with NHL Player Safety

October 28th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by Bill

It was questionable as to whether or not Chris Kreider would be suspended for running over Jonas Brodin (he won’t be), but it was pretty obvious that now repeat offender John Moore would be. It was just a matter of how many games. An in-person hearing allows the NHL “safety” czars the ability to suspend Moore for six games or Moore. Ross wrote in detail about both hits earlier today. In the opinion of this blogger, the league made the right call on keeping Kreider at time served (game misconduct) and Moore should get between four and six games.

But who really knows?

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Referee’s Crease: Moore and Kreider Hits Avoidable

October 28th, 2014 at 11:58 am by Ross Rhea

I’m a referee, which means you probably hate me. But it also means I know what the right or wrong call is. Whenever there is a controversial call, I will weigh in with impunity. UPDATE: John Moore has received an in-person hearing, allowing the NHL to suspend him for a possible 6 games or more.
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Metropolitan Divison: Islanders Flying To Start Season

October 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am by Ross Rhea

Just over a month ago, everybody expected to see the same thing from the New York Islanders as they had in years past…..hang around long enough to stay in the playoff hunt until after Christmas then incur a few injuries and dwell at the bottom of the Metropolitan. I know it’s early but don’t expect such
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Report: Martin St. Louis wants to play at least one more year, retire with Rangers

October 27th, 2014 at 10:21 am by Bill

Hearing that Martin St. Louis wants to play at least one more year and retire with the Rangers is music to my years. When the Rangers acquired him from Tampa Bay, it was reasonable to think that St. Louis would play at least one more season after his contract expires this year. Despite his age, he’s still playing at a high level and there’s no reason to think he can’t continue playing into his forties.

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State of the #NYRangers: Treading Water

October 27th, 2014 at 7:00 am by Dave

After eight games, there isn’t very much we can definitively say about the New York Rangers, Despite two wins early in the week, a road loss to the Montreal Canadiens left the Blueshirts at 4-4-0 for the young season. At this point, considering the team’s difficult start to the season, that record is encouraging. The
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Here is Marc Staal being bad at hockey, with pictures!

October 25th, 2014 at 10:13 pm by Bill

I’ve written at length about Marc Staal being a bad, or at best, mediocre defenseman. The latest from Larry Brooks is that the Rangers are believed to have offered Staal the same six year, $32.5 million anvil contract that they gave to Dan Girardi. Staal is believed to be seeking at least $6 million per. For fun, here is some visual evidence of Staal being bad at hockey:

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Game Day Memories: Rangers-Habs

October 25th, 2014 at 11:51 am by Derek

Does anybody remember what happened the last time the Rangers played in Montreal on a Saturday? Anyone? NHL dot com, could you please help jog my memory? Oh yeah! It was a grade-A ass whooping. 7-2! In the Conference Final! In their holiest of holy hockey rinks! How dreadfully embarrassing for the Canadiens. The game
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Chris Mueller makes a quick impact with the Rangers

October 22nd, 2014 at 8:21 am by Bill

It’s not that the Martin St. Louis was bad at center for the Rangers, it’s that he’s so much better at right wing. The recall of center Chris Mueller has allowed St. Louis to shift back to the wing where he has extended the Rangers lineup to what is now two formidable scoring lines. St.
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