February 12 2013 01:26PM
Every morning I have a ritual that my wife loves (sarcasm intended). When I eat my breakfast I crack open my iPad and make sure my fantasy hockey league lineup is set. This usually involves a quick trip to leftwinglock.com to ensure I have the correct goalies started.
I can assure you no one in my league has Al Montoya on their roster.
However, I wasn't surprised to see that Montoya was listed as the 'probable' starter (now confirmed) for tonight's game versus Philly . Pavelec is the team's starting netminder, but when both of your goaltenders have save percentages below .900, rolling with the hot-hand is a good idea- especially in a short season.
February 12 2013 09:08AM
Prior to becoming a candidate to become a writer for Jets Nation, I had my own blog and wrote for a few other sites. During that time, I never paid much attention to 'Advanced Stats' and felt they were overkill. Shortly before I shut down my blog I had started investigating advanced stats as I was looking for a better way to argue the merits of certain players. However, once my blog was no more, I stopped looking into different types of statistical analysis in regards to hockey. The lockout continued and my mind wandered to other endeavors.
February 11 2013 02:19PM
Nice to see the Jets beat Ottawa on Saturday. The game was a tad on the boring side, but I'll take boring hockey for 2 points any day. The bigger problem for me is that I'm in Vancouver, and for whatever reason, CBC decided to give us the Edmonton / Detroit game instead. Why they would think that people in BC would rather see the hated Oilers play the fading Red Wings over 2 Canadian teams is beyond me. Especially when one of which, the Jets, just happens to be generally well received by everybody across the Country.
February 11 2013 11:22AM
On Friday night TSN.ca reported that Jets coach Claude Noel will be, "shuffling the deck again as they look to find a combination of forwards who can put the puck in the net and help keep it out of their own as well."
I was never a huge stats guy, but I have to say that since I have been introduced to advanced stats I have realized how they can enrich the game. I am a nube when it comes to this, however, I thought it would be interesting to look at some advanced stats along with some conventional ones to see what type of lines I would put together if I were in charge.
February 10 2013 10:54AM
While watching the Jets lose a tight one to the Leafs Thursday night, I found myself flipping to the Penguins/Caps matchup during breaks (also the feed I had was on the Leaf's channel, so I can only take so much propaganda). Even though Ovechkin isn't what he once was, I'm still drawn to his head-to-head matchups with Crosby as there is a slim chance of a 'classic'. Thursday night's game was far from a classic as Crosby had a goal and two assists and the Pens downed the Caps 5-2.