EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 01: Goaltender Cam Talbot #39 of the Calgary Flames and Patrik Laine #29 of the Winnipeg Jets eye the puck in the first period of Game One of the Western Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 01, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sunday Census: A solid win, a perfect penalty kill, and what the Scheifele injury means for the Jets

Welcome back to The Sunday Census. Throughout the week, The Win Column will be posing topical and intriguing polls on Twitter (@wincolumnblog) to gauge the fan-base’s stance on pressing issues. Want to make sure your opinion is taken into effect? Vote in the polls, start a debate, and propose alternative suggestions on the polls! The … Continue reading Sunday Census: A solid win, a perfect penalty kill, and what the Scheifele injury means for the Jets

Flames versus Jets Series Breakdown: Team stats from all situations

Today's the day. The Flames face off against the Jets for their first game in the winner-gets-to-play-actual-playoff-hockey series. We've covered what might be expected in depth, from analysing how the Jets performed at even strength, to comparing the Flames expected goal differentials to the Jets, and covered general musings about what to watch for as … Continue reading Flames versus Jets Series Breakdown: Team stats from all situations

Flames versus Jets Series Breakdown: Expected goal differentials

The Flames and the Jets were two very different teams in 2019-20. Just one year ago, the Flames were the best regular season team in the Western Conference, and they struggled to find the same winning ways this year. The Jets have not looked as dominant as they should given their offensive firepower, but rode … Continue reading Flames versus Jets Series Breakdown: Expected goal differentials

TWC Roundtable: Calgary Flames playoff questions, takes, and predictions

The Calgary Flames just needed a short road trip to get them to Edmonton in preparation for the 2020 Playoffs. The return of Calgary Flames hockey draws even closer now, with the Flames' Phase 4 roster announced and their first exhibition game being mere hours away. The Flames suit up against the Edmonton Oilers for … Continue reading TWC Roundtable: Calgary Flames playoff questions, takes, and predictions

2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers Win Probabilities as provided by SportsBettingDime.com. Canadian teams are highlighted.

Canada could be well represented in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

As the future of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs faces continued uncertainty with the announcement that more NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19, we stress that the health and safety of the players, team personnel, arena staff, and all others involved in the Return to Play Plan should take first priority and the NHL … Continue reading Canada could be well represented in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Breaking down the data visualisation creation process — A live-coding session with R. Presented by Bill Tran. Twitter: @mrbilltran. Website. thewincolumn.ca. Conference: ISOLHAC 2020

#ISOLHAC: Breaking down the data visualisation process — A live-coding session with R

On Saturday May 9, 2020, I had the pleasure of running a data visualisation workshop as a part of #ISOLHAC (isol-hac.com), an online hockey analytics conference hosted by Alyssa Longmuir (@alyssastweeting). A part of the conference included a Visualisation Power Hour, where myself and Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) each shared our data visualisation process using R … Continue reading #ISOLHAC: Breaking down the data visualisation process — A live-coding session with R

Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 2019-20 shootout successes

The Calgary Flames of 2019-20 are quite different from the team they were last year. That includes their shootout performance too. In 2018-19, the Flames went 0-4 in the shootout. This season, they're 6-1. How did they turn the script inside out with such a drastic difference in the shootout? Let's breakdown what ensued during … Continue reading Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 2019-20 shootout successes

Visualising team scoring across the NHL at the time of the COVID-19 pause

It's been ten days since there was an NHL hockey game. It's felt way longer, hasn't it? There's undoubtedly been much more time to look back at what's ensued so far in the 2019-20 NHL season as we are all making do without sports. Let's keep up the social distancing and explore some stories of … Continue reading Visualising team scoring across the NHL at the time of the COVID-19 pause