Hey Avs Fans,
Adrian Lopez here, your go-to for all things numbers and ice. Today, we’re diving deep into the matrix of the NHL, where stats are the new black and Expected Goals (xG) are the new couture.
📆 This Month in History
🏒 Did you know that in September 1972, the Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union took place? It changed international hockey forever and introduced the concept of analytics, albeit in a rudimentary form, to the sport.
🤓 Trivia Question
Who was the first NHL player to have their Corsi stats publicly analyzed? Stick around for the answer at the end.
📊 The Rise of Advanced Analytics: Advanced analytics are changing the way we understand the game. From player evaluation to game strategy, numbers are making their mark. Learn more from this International Journal of Computer Science in Sport.
🔍 Expected Goals (xG) Unveiled 🎯: Expected Goals, or xG, is a metric that calculates the probability of a shot becoming a goal. It’s a game-changer for player evaluation and is becoming a staple in NHL analytics. Find more information in this NHL.com.
👨💻 The Tech Behind the Numbers 🖥️: The NHL has partnered with AWS to bring next-level analytics to the game. This tech is set to revolutionize how we consume hockey stats. Stay tuned for updates AWS.
🤓 The Skeptic’s Corner 🤨: While advanced analytics offer new insights, they aren’t without critics. Some argue that they can’t capture the “intangibles” of the game. Get insights from this The Hockey Writers.
Remember: Numbers never lie, but they do tell stories!
🧩 Answer to Trivia
The first NHL player to have their Corsi stats publicly analyzed was Dustin Penner.
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