Matinee Miseries: Revisiting the early start woes for the Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames had an infamous reputation surrounding them in the 2019-20 season: They did not show up for games until it was too late. A team consistently plagued by giving up the first goal and playing while trailing, the Flames made it far too easy for their opponents to open up with a lead. … Continue reading Matinee Miseries: Revisiting the early start woes for the Calgary Flames

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Conference Finals

The Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off for the Stanley after respectively sending the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Islanders home from the Edmonton bubble. By visualising scoring tendencies by game state (5v5, 4v5, 5v4, etc.), we can analyse where a team's scoring came from. While previous posts in the … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Conference Finals

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Second Round

Continuing with the goals by game state and scorer series, we not look at the teams that were eliminated in the second round. Now as the goal totals are higher for the teams involved, we get to see different glimpses into each teams' scoring styles. In the second round, three series went to Game Seven, … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Second Round

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: First Round

Following up on the goals by game state and scorer data visualisations for teams eliminated in the qualifying round, we now look at the eight teams who had their vie for the Stanley Cup end after the first round. The first round saw some surprise early exits, include the last two Cup champions in the … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: First Round

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Qualifying Round

The 2020 NHL Playoffs have narrowed down to the final four, and though it's only been a month and a bit since they started, the Qualifying Round is now certifiably in the distant past. However, that doesn't stop us from looking back to what once was a chaotic time in the NHL bubbles filled with … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Qualifying Round

The 2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning played both the most and least efficient games in the past five postseasons

The Tampa Bay Lightning have had some uniquely noteworthy games already so far in the 2020 playoffs. They opened their postseason campaign with a quintuple overtime game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Most recently, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Islanders resulted in a lopsided win for the Lightning. These … Continue reading The 2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning played both the most and least efficient games in the past five postseasons

Breaking down each NHL team’s committed salary for 2020-21

The Montreal Canadiens made big headlines this week when they essentially traded one of their 2020 third round picks to the St. Louis Blues for goaltender Jake Allen (the teams also swapped seventh round picks). The Canadiens were the 24th seed in the NHL at the pause, and because of the expanded postseason rules were … Continue reading Breaking down each NHL team’s committed salary for 2020-21

Calgary Flames 5v5 arena-adjusted shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs Shots grouped by playoff series, Calgary distances shown on the positive y-axis, opponent distances shown the the negative y-axis. Shots are labelled as goals, shots, or misses. Chart by Bill Tran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from MoneyPuck.com

Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

The Calgary Flames made it through ten games during the 2020 Playoffs. In those ten games, the team showed glimpses of both greatness and mediocrity. On one hand, the Flames had a stellar goaltending performance courtesy of Cam Talbot, a couple players really stepped up their game, including Andrew Mangiapane, Dillon Dube, and even Milan … Continue reading Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

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

Breaking down expected goal differential rates of playoff players

Expected goals are a great way to get a sense of what happens in a game when any single player is on the ice. Of the 24 teams slated to play in the 2020 playoffs, which teams boast the best players and which teams have the worst? Let's find out. Using expected goal differentials here … Continue reading Breaking down expected goal differential rates of playoff players