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m/h h/60 Brown 3.2 19 Moller 3.9 15 Ivanans 5 12 Lewis 5.5 11 Greene 5.8 10 Richardson 7.4 8 Parse 7.7 8 Johnson 8.3 7 Harrold 9.6 6 Williams 10.2 6 Kopitar 13 5 Doughty 13 5 Drewiske 13.3 5 Purcell 13.4 4 Simmonds 13.8 4 Frolov 13.8 4 Handzus 15.6 4 O’Donnell 15.9…

Kings forwards, QUALCOMP and plus/minus numbers

QUALCOMP – Kings Forwards (who faces the toughest opponents): Parse Kopitar Smyth Richardson Brown Purcell Ivanans Stoll Williams Simmonds Frolov Handzus Lewis Moller Notice that the Handzus line is still facing the weakest competition, counter-intuitive if you believe they are really our checking line (I don’t). Toughest assignments are going to the #1 unit. The…

After 10 games, 12 points; is that good?

Historically, the Kings have made the playoffs in 23 of their 41 seasons. 56% of the time. They have gotten exactly 12 points in their first ten games nine times. In those nine seasons, they went to the playoffs five times (56% – exactly the overall average). They have gotten more than 12 points six…

From The Frontal Cortex: Should You Go For It On Fourth Down?

Consider some research done by David Romer, an economist at UC Berkeley, who published a 2001 paper entitled “Do Firms Maximize? Evidence From Professional Football”. The question Romer was trying to answer is familiar to every NFL fan: what to do on 4th down? Is it better to bring on the kicking team for a…

Kicking performance affects perception of goal size : Neurophilosophy

This is the latest in a series of studies showing that our perceptions are grounded firmly in our actions. Witt’s group has previously demonstrated that perceptions of goal size in golfers and softball players are apparently affected by performance. Other researchers have shown that perception is also influenced by the amount of effort required to…

How Often and Does It Matter 2.0

Kings are 4-1. At 3-1, we determined that the Kings actually make the playoffs less frequently when they are at 3-1 or better after four games. But what about after being 4-1 after five games? Are the odds any better? (The list shows season/record/yes-no-playoffs?) 1970-71 4-1 no 1980-81 4-1 yes 1988-89 4-1 yes 1992-93 4-1…

When is Your Checking Line Not Your Checking Line?

I just noticed something fascinating in the Kings exotic stats numbers from the first four games. Actually, I noticed it after game three, but put off mentioning it because I thought maybe it was statistical white noise. I still think it might be. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up. We all…