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Top 20 Players By Adjusted Corsi (Rate Stat)

In my summer sabermetrics and hockey series, I have written several posts about Corsi ratings and how to adjust them to make them reflective of individual play.  I listed a top 20 players by team and zone start adjusted Corsi ratings.  This is the difference in attempted shots by a team and their opponents in five on five situations when a given player is on the ice.  Since that...
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A Very Slow Day

Not much happening today in the hockey world and I refuse to post just to attract readers for something they probably don't have an interest in. So with that, if I see anything throughout the day I feel you would be interested in, I will post. If not, enjoy the holiday and news will start to pick up very soon.
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Red Wings overnight report: on Holland’s conversation with Krupa, Howard’s pivotal season, etc.

Every "preseason" unfolds like a snowflake (i.e. it's never exactly the same from year to year), but it's September 1st, and here's what I know: The Wings' "Captain's Practices" will be open to the media starting tomorrow (Tuesday; I'm sure the media will cover still-needs-to-be-re-signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser's flight with the...
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The Battle Over Advanced Stats

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News, The tension is palpable and very much what we’ve come to expect from a rivalry that exploded over blogs and the social media universe in recent seasons. “It’s kind of like the Hatfield and McCoy feud,” said Globe and Mail hockey columnist David Shoalts. They went on so long, nobody can remember how or why it got started.”...
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The Time Stan Mikita Was Hit By A ‘Truck’

Earlier in the season, Gordie Howe was the recipient of a high stick from Stan Mikita... from Tom DeLisle at DetroitAthletic.com, ... Howe and Mikita finally pulled apart as they slowly made their way to the Wings blue line, badly trailing the play — which was now zooming around the Chicago net. All eyes were on the puck flying around at the other end … including Howe’s...
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A Few Hockey Notes In Late August

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - A few things that make no sense regarding the NHL expansion story that got all kinds of play this week: 1. Seattle has a willing owner, a promise from the NHL, but no building to play in and no real fan base; 2. Las Vegas has a building to play in but no owner. 3. The NHL would be foolish to lump Toronto in with other expansion bids....
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Red Wings overnight report: Datsyuk and Hasek on ice; Smith’s mysterious future

Saturday would've been a wonderful day to have a private jet (if not a fighter jet), because Pavel Datsyuk skated in an exhibition game prior to the "Stone Flower Tournament's" semifinals in Yekaterinburg... Playing hockey in my home town! http://t.co/bJ3Ql50Rlt — Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) August 30, 2014 As noted on Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg...
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NHL Owners Should Stay In The Background

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, The migration of on-and-off-ice talent from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Los Angeles Kings franchise that has won two of the past three Cups is not lost on observers. At various points in the past 15 years, the Flyers (a) employed L.A. GM Dean Lombardi as their western scout, and Kings assistant coach John Stevens as their coach; (b) centered...
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If Ryan Johansen Doesn’t Sign By Training Camp

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, At this point, it seems highly unlikely Johansen will be on the ice at the start of training camp. Overhardt will use that as leverage, as he has many, many times with clients in the last decade, including Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky in 2009 when he played for the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets, thus, must be prepared to...
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Questions Facing The Anaheim Ducks

from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com, How much will Kesler help close the gap between Anaheim and the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks? – Kesler is adept in the faceoff circle and will help the Ducks' 22nd-ranked power play. When healthy, he is good for 10-15 power-play goals per season and is also a shorthanded threat. Defensively, Kesler has won the Selke Trophy (and was a finalist...
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Red Wings overnight report: On Howard’s new lid, Weiss, Bertuzzi-Moore and an old cliche

Friday involved...Well let's just say that I wasn't the only blogger who noticed that the following Tweet regarding Jimmy Howard's mask, which had a handy little "Red Wings" copyright on the bottom right, was chopped and snipped by goalie-eqipment Tweeters to promote their own brands. So here's the Wings' Tweet... Continue reading "Red Wings overnight...
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Evening Line

My Labor Day Prediction: #RobertoLuongo will star for #Florida and will be comeback story of the year. — Stan Fischler (@StanFischler) August 29, 2014
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Red Wings mid-day news: Cleary’s latest number, Tweets, pictures and a little ‘myth busting’

Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories and tidbits: Expect Dan Cleary to don his third different number for #RedWings upcoming season. The veteran has ditched 71, flipping the digits to 17. — The Wheel Deal (@Bill_Roose) August 29, 2014   Continue reading "Red Wings mid-day news: Cleary’s latest number, Tweets, pictures and a little ‘myth...
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John Tonelli On The New York Islanders

from Katie Strang of ESPN, Tonelli, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders, thinks the addition of Jaroslav Halak and backup netminder Chad Johnson could be huge for the Isles this season as they try to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing 26th place finish last year. “I think they made a great move getting some goaltending help. It’s...
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Patrice Bergeron For NHL 15

This is fantastic. Shows off some personality. RT @EASPORTSNHL: Patrice Bergeron like you've never seen him before! http://t.co/wtkDliAhLO — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) August 29, 2014
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Would The Boston Bruins Think Of Moving Zdeno Chara?

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE who answered some questions from fans... w/ cap issues, too many D and age starting to show, how do you feel about shopping big Z while value is still high? JH: I feel like this may happen eventually if he continues to show his age in key spots during the season (cough, cough…the playoffs), but the Bruins would need to develop an exit strategy...
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Justin Schultz Signs A One-Year Deal With Edmonton

The #Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Justin Schultz (@6Schultz6) on a one-year contract. pic.twitter.com/iRXEMwi7m1 — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) August 29, 2014   According to @TSNBobMcKenzie 3.675 million for Schultz. — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) August 29, 2014
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Ryan Smyth Trying To Keep Busy

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, With National Hockey League training camps three weeks away from starting, this is the first time in his life he didn’t spend his summer getting ready for hockey. He says there are no withdrawal pains now, but come Oct. 9 when the Calgary Flames are here for the Oilers home opener, maybe they’ll kick in. For now, he’ll...
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Questions Facing The San Jose Sharks

from Eric Gilmore at NHL.com, How will the Sharks respond after their stunning first-round loss? -- The Sharks were humiliated after losing four straight games to the Kings. Most likely, they'll use that meltdown as motivation. "The way we ended was disappointing to say the least, but it's something that we're going to have to look into the mirror, each...
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Red Wings overnight report: on the prospect tournament, prospects in general, Athanasiou & Tatar

Thursday was a busy day, and if you missed some of the "action": 1. Ilitch Holdings held what I'd guess you'd call a local contractor-recruitment seminar at the MotorCity Casino, and as Paul noted, Olympia Development's sticking with an actual-rink-opening date of Summer of 2017, though the Free Press's John Gallagher reports that any sort of actual "...
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Sale Rumors Will Only Get Stronger Regarding The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer, Thursday morning on his radio show, Dan Patrick claimed that “a financial person who’s involved in this” told him the NHL would have a team in Las Vegas by 2016. He further claimed the Carolina Hurricanes were one of two teams that could move there. “I guess he’s asking an exorbitant price for his team,” Patrick said...
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Kevin Bieksa Believes In The Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, “I still believe in our group. I trust the twins are going to come here and be ready. (Defenceman Dan Hamhuis) will be hungrier than ever. We have a lot of pride on this team, a lot of integrity, and we’re not happy about what happened last year. I think we’re all going to look in the mirror and come back motivated. I’m excited...
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Red Wings Announce Prospects Camp Roster

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for the 2014 NHL Prospects Camp, which is slated to run from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Highlighting this year’s roster are 11 players who helped the Red Wings win their first-ever tournament championship last September, including Anthony Mantha, the reigning CHL...
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Another ‘Vegas Done Deal’ Report

from Sean Gentile of The Sporting News, ... we now have two sourced reports that an eventual Las Vegas team (Let's go Craps!) is "a done deal." The first came from the Vancouver Province's Tony Gallagher earlier this week. That's why we're talking about this at all. The second came from Dan Patrick on Thursday morning. Patrick, who does TV work...
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Sportsnet Adds More Hockey Broadcasting Talent To Their Lineup

from Sportsnet, Canadian hockey fans will be receiving the all-star treatment this season, as the NHL on Sportsnet today unveiled its big-name broadcast team – including 39 hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters – who will bring fans the biggest plays, analysis, stories and highlights from both the rink and the studio throughout the 2014/15 NHL season. ...
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