Protecting the Blue Line and Driving Break-outs: Testing Repeatability and Goal-Impact of Controlled Exits & Entries Against

Andrew Kerison [OriginalSixAnalytics]
February 15 2017 10:08AM

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Every team in the NHL is constantly striving to find market inefficiencies to capitalize on towards the goal of creating value and ultimately winning games. Whether done by finding undervalued assets or developing a set of sustained competitive advantages – every team should always have these concepts in mind. 

The analytics community has widely acknowledged we are not as good at evaluating defensemen as we are at evaluating forwards - in part due to having fewer effective metrics available. As a result, a number of people have spent time trying to expand our knowledge in this area - as any new development would be sure to present a strong market opportunity to capitalize on. 

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Jets Prospect Update | February 15th, 2017

Anthony Lenting
February 15 2017 08:00AM

A strong showing from Erik Foley and Jansen Harkins highlights this week's prospect update. Let's take a look at what went on in the prospect world last week!

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The Nation Notebook: Therrien and Julien in a coaching carousel, Chiarelli on the deadline, Vermette's slash and some rumours

Zach Laing
February 15 2017 07:00AM


The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

In a shocking series of events, the Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien yesterday afternoon and replaced him with the Habs archrival Boston Bruins' former head coach in Claude Julien. The same afternoon, Peter Chiarelli said his Oilers weren't going to be in the buyers market and later that night Antoine Vermette took a swing at a referee.

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Jets Nation Recap: Be My Valentine, Patrik Laine

Jeremy Wiebe
February 14 2017 09:25PM

"Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service." William Shakespeare. The Tempest.

If there was a civic election happening in Winnipeg right now, Patrik Laine would receive many write-in votes. The 18-year-old rookie was at it again, recording his third hat-trick of the season as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Dallas Stars 5-2 to send the lovebirds home happy on Valentine's Day. 

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JGD 59: Stars at Jets

Mack Irwin
February 14 2017 12:30PM


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The Jets take on the Dallas Stars at the MTS Centre tonight, in a game that should be more intriguing than it is. 

Both the Jets and the Stars entered the season with grand aspirations -- a return to the playoffs for the Jets, another shot at Cup contention for the Stars -- that have since crashed down to earth. According to, the Stars have a 12% chance of making the playoffs, while the Jets trail even that at 5%. So the stakes are, um, not high tonight.

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