Road to the Smythe: NHL Playoff Player Rankings – Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the TWC Postseason Player Rankings: Road to the Smythe! Here at TWC, we use a statistical model to effectively rank players on a week to week basis. The model takes into effect individual statistics including goals and assists, as well as possession metrics like CF%, SCF%, HDCF%, and a correction…

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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,…

Re-evaluating first round series using different playoff seeding formats

The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially start today, which frankly has been a long time coming. The three full days between the end of the regular season and first playoff game are always unbearably long, especially after the series match-ups have been determined. With some final tweaking on Saturday, the eight first round series were…

Sunday Census: James Neal, starting hot after the break, and trade deadline rumours

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! https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1091053875094646784…

Sunday Census: Kylington vs. Valimaki, Oilers drama, and expectations for the Flames

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! https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1088159141825339393…

An investigation of the Flames’ first 10 games, over the last 10 years

It seems like yesterday we were just discussing the start of the new Calgary Flames season, but now we are eleven games into what can only be described as a roller-coaster few weeks. The team started out with high expectations, looked primed to meet them, and then plummeted into seriously sloppy play over the past…

About Last Night #23: Redemption in Denver

After dropping a 6-4 decision to the Dallas Stars the night before, the Flames bounced back against the Colorado Avalanche on last night in a big way. The Flames scored two goals in the final minute of the second period which led to a 3-2 victory. In the final game of their six-game road trip,…

Penguin vs. Predator: Who Would Win in a Fight?

The Stanley Cup Final is underway and features two very yellow teams in the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. Like any classic Final matchup, we have a clear favourite and a clear underpredator. The Penguins have a chance to become the first team post lockout to repeat as Cup champions, and PK Subban has…

Brad Treliving’s Real Offseason Checklist

Phew. The Edmonton Oilers are finally eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing game 7 last night to the Anaheim Ducks. That was a tough series for Flames fans; cheering for either team felt morally wrong on many levels. Not to mention the fact that the entire league has become accustomed to the Oilers…

High-stick? Scientific Analysis of Nate Thompson’s “Goal”

Introduction The Flames let a 4-1 lead slip away last night which ultimately resulted in an overtime loss and left their season in serious jeopardy. Reactions around the league are all over the spectrum: most Flames fans are screaming over a questionable goal that was under review for a high-stick, most Oilers fans are telling…