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R Tutorial: Creating an NHL rink using the Tidyverse

Hockey is officially back. The NHL has kicked off its 2020-21 regular season and there will be hockey every single day for over 100 days, knock on wood. One part of The Win Column's offseason improvements was to generate automated plots with R to visualise Flames games. One of the plots depict shot locations, which … Continue reading R Tutorial: Creating an NHL rink using the Tidyverse

Violin scatterplots and boxplots of Johnny Gaudreau's (Calgary Flames) shot and goal distributions from 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Why the Calgary Flames’ best players regressed last season and how they can rebound in 2020-21

It was no secret that the Calgary Flames of 2019-20 were far, far away from what they were in 2018-19. A big part of that was due to their top players going from all posting career seasons to all simultaneously dropping off. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, and Mark Giordano were just … Continue reading Why the Calgary Flames’ best players regressed last season and how they can rebound in 2020-21

Data visualisation: Calgary Flames 2019-20 shot attempt and goal distances in feet. Shot distributions of defencemen with a minimum of 30 games played are shown using beeswarm plots.

Visualising Calgary Flames shot attempts and goal distances from 2019-20

In terms of their on-ice product, the Calgary Flames took a few steps back in the 2019-20 season after an all-around stellar performance in 2018-19. Despite both the on-ice and off-ice issues that they faced, they still competed in the 2020 postseason. After a first round exit to the Dallas Stars, the Flames sought to … Continue reading Visualising Calgary Flames shot attempts and goal distances from 2019-20

Visualising the luckiest and unluckiest Calgary Flames using expected goals. Plotting the differentials of goals scored to expected goals (G - xG) as a way to quantify "luck". Data taken at all situations and includes every player in the past five seasons. Chart by @mrbilltran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from NaturalStatTrick.com

Visualising the luckiest Calgary Flames in the past five seasons using expected goals

The Calgary Flames have seen plenty of ups and downs in the past five years, both on and off the ice. In terms of their on-ice product, they've had one of their best franchise performances in 2018-19, just one season removed from missing the playoffs. This past season, they might have tended closer to what … Continue reading Visualising the luckiest Calgary Flames in the past five seasons using expected goals

Visualising Doug Wilson's San Jose Sharks draft picks (2003-2019 NHL Drafts) Tracking the progression of the 120 players drafted by the Sharks during Wilson's tenure as general manager. A data visualisation is shown as a modified alluvial diagram to track player progression.

Visualising the development of San Jose Sharks draft picks made by Doug Wilson

The San Jose Sharks have one of the NHL's longest tenured general managers in Doug Wilson (only the Nashville Predators and David Poile have had a longer such executive relationship). Since being named the Sharks' GM in 2003, Wilson has seen the team win a Presidents' Trophy in 2008-09, make the Stanley Cup Finals in … Continue reading Visualising the development of San Jose Sharks draft picks made by Doug Wilson

Visualising the development of Detroit Red Wings draft picks made by Ken Holland since 2008

The Detroit Red Wings have now had two NHL Entry Drafts led by Steve Yzerman and the Yzerplan. Just two years removed from the end of the Ken Holland era, the makeup of the Red Wings still very much have Holland's influence all over the team, and we can look back into his recent draft … Continue reading Visualising the development of Detroit Red Wings draft picks made by Ken Holland since 2008

Visualising the development of Edmonton Oilers draft picks made by Peter Chiarelli

The Edmonton Oilers are now two drafts removed from Peter Chiarelli's influence. As the last two NHL entry drafts have had current general manager Ken Holland at the Oilers' helm, his fingerprints are starting to show in the Oilers' prospects system. Still, Chiarelli's impact on the Oilers will still be felt for years to come. … Continue reading Visualising the development of Edmonton Oilers draft picks made by Peter Chiarelli

Visualising the development of Vancouver Canucks draft picks made by Jim Benning

The 2020 NHL Draft saw the Vancouver Canucks add five prospects to their system, selecting a player each from the third round through to the seventh. After this draft, Jim Benning's tenure as general manager has brought in 48 draft picks since his arrival in 2014. Of the 43 draft picks made in prior years, … Continue reading Visualising the development of Vancouver Canucks draft picks made by Jim Benning

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Stanley Cup Final

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the 2020 Stanley Cup. The NHL was completely successful in its Return to Play plan, and managed to see a unique postseason played through in its entirety in just two bubbles. While the end of September most years marks a time where everyone awaits the start of the regular … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Stanley Cup Final

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