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What’s Your Point? from THN

What’s Your Point? from THN

We did an analysis of the ‘extra point’ gained by NHL teams that lose in overtime (OT) or via the shootout (SO) for The Hockey News.  It has appeared in a recent issue under the heading “Just Win, Baby”.  I’ve uploaded a more complete document with the fuller analysis.  That document can be found here.   In this paper we analyze how the past six NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Races would have played out under a couple of alternative scoring systems.  The motivation for the  […]



Academic Minute on the NHL Shootout

Academic Minute on the NHL Shootout

Today’s Academic Minute which is a daily audio presentation on faculty research is about our research on the NHL Shootout.  Here is the audio link. This is old ground.  The conclusions are after the first five years of the NHL Shootout that there is no evidence that any goalie or shooter is significantly different from the average.  We presented this work as a poster at the 2010 NCSSORS Conference.  This work also appeared in ESPN the Magazine.  Link to a blog entry: http://statsportsconsulting.com/2010/12/21/nhl-shootout-as-crapshoot/ Link to  […]



DIGR in ESPN The Magazine

DIGR in ESPN The Magazine

  Peter Keating of ESPN the Magazine has a nice write-up about the Defense Independent Goalie Ratings (DIGR) in the latest issues. Article can be found here. Peter does a real nice job of summarizing the DIGR. Original paper for the DIGR can be found at this link. Tweet



2010-11 Defense Independent Goalie Ratings

2010-11 Defense Independent Goalie Ratings

2010-11 Defense Independent Goalie Ratings (DIGR) for 49 goalies with at least 600 shots faced. Tweet



NHL Penalties Talk

NHL Penalties Talk

Michael Schuckers gave a NHL Penalties Talk with Lauren Brozowski  at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings. Slides for  Analysis of Penalties Called in the NHL 2008-09 & 2009-10 Regular Seasons Tweet



NHL Draft Value Pick Chart Slides 2011

NHL Draft Value Pick Chart Slides 2011

An NHL Draft Value Pick Chart slides from 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings talk.   NB: There is a more recent version of this chart: 2016 NHL Draft Pick Value Chart. Tweet



NHL Draft Value Pick Chart 2011

NHL Draft Value Pick Chart 2011

NHL Draft Value Pick Chart 2011 An updated version of this chart is available: Draft Pick Value Chart 2016 Tweet



NHL Draft Value Chart Paper 2011

NHL Draft Value Chart Paper 2011

What’s An NHL Draft Pick Worth? A Value Pick Chart for the National Hockey League NB: There is an updated version of this chart available: 2016 NHL Draft Pick Value Chart Tweet



NFL Draft Analysis in JQAS

NFL Draft Analysis in JQAS

The Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports has published an article entitled An Alternative to the NFL Draft Value Pick Chart Based upon Player Performance written by Statistical Sports Consulting co-founder Michael Schuckers. The paper can be found here. Tweet



DIGR: Defense Independent Goalie Ratings

DIGR: Defense Independent Goalie Ratings

DIGR: A Defense Independent Rating of NHL Goaltenders using Spatially Smoothed Save Percentage Maps Paper from MIT Sloan Sports Analysis Conference 2011, March 4-5, 2011, Boston, MA Tweet