Weird Science

Behindthenet Blog: Goaltender Rebound Percentage Leaders

In his work on Shot Quality, Alan Ryder noted that shooting percentage is extremely high on rebounds. That is, in the two seconds following another [i.e. initial] shot [the average sv% is .694]. The overall save percentages for 2008-09: Overall   1-2 s   3 s   4 s 919     694 807  …

From Behindthenet.ca: Junior Hockey Projections

Twenty years ago, almost all every NHL player was drafted from the Canadian Hockey League. Even today, the majority of NHL draft picks still come from the three Tier I junior hockey leagues, the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). But how does player…

From Mirtle: How hard is it to win the Stanley Cup?

It took me a couple days to cobble this together, with some major assistance for the raw data from stats maestro Gabe Desjardins, but I’ve finally got an answer: Of the 6,400-some players to have played in the NHL in the league’s 90-plus year history, 14 per cent won at least one Stanley Cup championship…

Ken Campbell: Best the Wings will ever be?

The link failed to import for some reason, but this is from Ken Campbell’s blog at The Hockey News:  Ask Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland about it and you get a terse, “I’m not going there.” Ask Red Wings veteran Kris Draper and you get the death stare.(Trust me, I got it when I…

Why hockey pucks are frozen – Kansas City Star

“Rubber is one of the most elastic materials on earth, and even vulcanization can’t stop hockey pucks from bouncing,” Hache wrote. “Smashed against a hard surface like concrete or ice, a puck rebounds with between 45 and 55 percent of its original velocity (less so on a softer surface like a board). This percentage is…

MaxHockey.com: The Last Stand of the Wooden Stick

During a game against Colorado, Holik entered the faceoff circle against Paul Stastny, son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny. The linesman noticed that both centers carried wooden sticks and commented. Holik joked to the young Stastny that he would bet that Peter would never allow him to use a composite. The younger Stastny responded,…

Puckprospectus.com: The Plus and Minus of Plus/Minus

Hockey is usually not the sport where statistical or analytical innovation takes place. So it’s ironic that one of the most useful concepts in sports statistics has been an official NHL statistic for over 40 seasons, leading other sports by at least three decades. The statistic in question is Plus/Minus, which is perhaps the biggest…