Breaking down Canadian scoring in the NHL during 2017-18

Data visualization of goals and assists from Canadian NHL hockey players based on geographic birthplace

Every season, more and more players from different countries pack their bags and lace their skates to play in the NHL. What once was a sport that was heavily saturated with Canadians, is now a league filled with players from around the world. In 2017-18, Canadians made up 45.3% of the league; the third consecutive…

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Changing of the guard: Small skill reigning tall in the new NHL

Johnny Gaudreau and Brad Marchand pose for a picture at the All Star Game in Columbus

The NHL has a longstanding reputation of being a tough league. Players were always lauded for their size, grit and toughness. A set of grinders was seen as an essential part of every team’s lineup, despite their ability to actually play the game of hockey. If they generated a fight, that was a roster spot…

GMBT: General Manager of Bad Timing

When thinking of the NHL’s general manager pool, there are varying levels of quality associated with them. There are the upper echelon, the can-do-no-wrong, well respected GMs that are hard to find, then there are the candidates who seem to be maligned for every decision. Then somewhere between those two types, is a middle ground…

Arena Attendance Series Recap

Data visualization of NHL arena attendances of all 31 teams during the 2017-18 regular season.

  Click on the image for the full size! If you've followed along on the Arena Attendance Series, I hope you've enjoyed it! Would love to hear your thoughts at @mrbilltran or @wincolumnblog. Read the whole series, including more detailed charts, here: Arena Attendance Series Part 1: The Pacific Division Arena Attendance Series Part 2:…

Arena Attendance Series Part 4: The Atlantic Division

The Atlantic Division contains teams that are on the cusp of the Stanley Cup and also teams that are the middle of rebuilding. Attendance will definitely fluctuate depending on the how good a team is at home, and the Atlantic has a few great examples of how different factors can also come into play for…

About This Morning: O.R.G. NHL China Game #2

In their second overseas contest in the ORG NHL China Games, The Calgary Flames fell to the Boston Bruins 3-1 this morning. Playing in the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, the Flames will make the long journey back to Calgary with bonds and memories that will hopefully help them start the season on a high note.…

Arena Attendance Series Part 3: The Metropolitan Division

The Metropolitan Division, home to the last three Stanley Cup winners, has been as competitive as ever. In 2017-18, the Metropolitan took five of eight Eastern Conference playoff spots. The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Philadelphia Flyers locking in the top Metropolitan seeds, while the Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils snuck right into…

Arena Attendance Series Part 2: The Central Division

When it comes to the arena attendance and the Central Division, some of the most consistent fans fill up these venues. Undeniably, the Central has had perennial Stanley Cup contenders that have dominated the league. From the Chicago Blackhawks’ three championships, to the emergence of the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets, not to mention the…

Arena Attendance Series Part 1: The Pacific Division

As the 2018-19 NHL regular season draws closer and closer, the excitement amongst fans is reaching an offseason high. Which team in the league has the most fans willing to make their way to their local arena and watch NHL hockey in person night in and night out? To get a better idea, I decided…

About This Morning: O.R.G. NHL China Game #1

The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins kicked off the 2018-19 preseason across the Pacific Ocean, playing in the second iteration of the O.R.G. NHL China Games. Playing out of the architecturally-astounding Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre, the new-look Flames got their first real test as a team. The Flames opted to bring essentially their entire regular…