Visualising team scoring across the NHL during the 2018-19 season

The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally upon us. Before the first puck drop, it's high-time to revisit Point Share Shells one more time to see which teams enjoyed high-octane offence and which teams sorely suffered to score. The story lines from this season are abundant: from Tampa Bay's offensive dominance led by Nikita Kucherov,…

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Comparing the 2000-01 Penguins to the 2018-19 Flames

During the Saturday night matchup between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, the Flames reached a feat that hasn't been accomplished by any team in nearly two decades. Five Flames have managed to reach the 70 point milestone this season: Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, and the latest Flame to do so,…

Visualising team scoring across the NHL after the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their journey so far, they have put together one of the most impressive seasons of recent memory. They clinched with 106 standing points, a whopping 15 points ahead of the second place Boston…

Visualising Mark Giordano’s elite scoring as a 35 year old

In the Calgary Flames' game against the New Jersey Devils, Mark Giordano did something very few other NHL players have ever done. He became the fourth ever defenceman to score 60 or more points while being 35 years old or older. https://twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg/status/1100930630341189632 To say that Giordano is enjoying his best season ever really complements the…

Entry into the Triple Gold Club is reserved for a lucky few

Getting into the Triple Gold Club in hockey is a coveted achievement, marking the occasion when a hockey player earns all three of an Olympic gold medal, World Championship gold medal, and of course, the Stanley Cup. Earlier this week, Nathan Yau of FlowingData released a data visualisation of EGOT winners, marking the year that…

Visualising team scoring across the NHL

A circular barplot data visualisation depicting team scoring in the NHL during the 2018-19 season up to the NHL All-Star Game.

At the time of the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, the playoff picture in the league had become fairly clear. The race to the Presidents' Trophy looked to be a two-team ordeal between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames. The Western Conference wild card race was bottle-necking, while there were a few surprise teams…

A mid-season visualisation of Calgary Flames goals by scorer and game-state

The Calgary Flames are having some kind of run in 2018-19. Not only are they second in the NHL standings, they're also second in terms of goals for. At 190 goals scored in 51 games played, they're scoring at a prolific rate of 3.73 goals per game. Historically, in any given hockey game, a team…

From Kipper to Ritter: How have the Flames managed their starting goalies?

CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 17: David Rittich #33 of the Calgary Flames makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game on November 17, 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames found a gem of a goaltender in David Rittich. Despite only playing 52 career games, he's had a rapid ascent into the hearts of many fans, earning the nickname "Big Save Dave" as he backstopped the Flames to victory time and time again this season. With Rittich's campaign going so well, comparisons…

TSN Power Rankings year-to-date summary

TSN NHL Power Rankings data visualization for the Atlantic Division from Weeks 1 through 11.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a top-tier team all season long; the Los Angeles Kings, not so much. The separation between teams has gotten clearer and the playoff race is well underway. How has TSN ranked the 31 NHL teams throughout the season so far in their power rankings? The TSN 7-Eleven Power Rankings…

TWC Power Rankings year-to-date summary

The Win Column NHL Power Rankings data visualization for the Pacific Division from Weeks 1 through 9.

The 2018-19 NHL season is rapidly approaching the mid-way mark. Stanley Cup favourites have differentiated themselves from the rest of the league, the foggy playoff picture has cleared up more and more with each passing game, and all the same, anything can happen by the end of the regular season. Now is a good a…