Consider him the Ghostface Killah of Section 328 in that since his face has been revealed, the game has gotten very real. Mr. Alytics joined in 2015 and brings us insights to hockey analytics without any of that pesky condescension that may scare people away. Enjoy his graphs and more on Twitter.

Teuvo Time is a Good Time for All

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Jan 11, 2017  •  0 comments

The day the Hurricanes acquired Teuvo Teravainen will be a day many longtime Canes fans will remember fondly. I was at work, beginning that long summer lull without hockey. Free agency was weeks away. Big hockey news wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Then it happened.

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The Road Trip Wasn’t All Bad

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Oct 26, 2016  •  0 comments

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” – Winston Churchill…

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Jay McClement: Why?

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Oct 4, 2016  •  0 comments

Being entrenched in the various hockey social media networks allows us to get a sense of who the infamous players are. Players that are so notoriously bad or dirty, or both, at hockey that they take on a larger-than-life persona among their team’s fans’ twitter…

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Jordan Staal: Quietly Doing Everything

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Sep 26, 2016  •  0 comments

Prior to a game late in the season of 2013, Jordan Staal lined up with his brothers, Eric and Jared, to start in a game that held great meaning to the Staal family, but none to the already squashed playoff hopes of the Hurricanes. A nice moment for the Staal family, a family completely devoted to hockey and, for a long time, to this franchise. Things have changed since then and, as the team takes gradual steps to move away from icons of the past in its effort to regain former glories, only one Staal remains. The good news? We've got the best one in the league.

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The Top Ten Lazy 16-17 Hurricanes Season Narratives

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Sep 23, 2016  •  5 comments

Everyone likes a good story. Stories create shared experiences and bring groups of people together. We like stories so much we even create them when they aren't really there. If the stories are there, sometimes they are over-inflated and discussed ad nauseum. This is especially true in sports, and hockey is no exception. For example, were you aware that Jordan Staal had a brother and they used to be on the same team? Throughout a game and NHL season there is so much going that our brains make sense of it all by creating these scripts, patterns, narratives, or plain old bullshit about what happens out there on the ice.In sports we create narratives for the players we love, the players we love to hate, the teams that visit PNC and bring the entire city of Cary with them, and so on and so on. It helps us create a shared culture as fans and come together as a group. Bloggers and journalists rely on narrative to make their stories compelling and relatable.  Sometimes they're relied on a bit too much and don't work out. Phil Kessel likes hot dogs. Maybe that old guy free agent pick up has a great compete level, or he's a good locker room guy, or maybe he has the drive to win. Eventually we're all guilty of creating or using a tired narrative. I know I am.

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