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…

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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…

Calgary Flames goals by game state and goal scorer

Eighteen games into the season, the Calgary Flames find themselves battling for the top spot in the Pacific Division. While it's true that the Pacific is weak this year, another reason the Flames are in the conversation for top Pacific team to begin with is their goal scoring. Last season, the Flames were unable to…

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…

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…