Puck Talk

Rock the Boat. Please, Rock this Boat.

by Derek Roessler •  @droessl •  Nov 16, 2015  •  3 comments

With 17 games in the rearview mirror, we've seen many preseason predictions come true for the Hurricanes. If you read many of those predictions, you know that's not necessarily a good thing. Now that American Thanksgiving ("Thursday" to our Canadian friends) is only 10 days away, it's time for changes to be made or our beloved hockey team will be on the hitting the golf course earlier than they'd like... again.I'm the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. Isn't there something you can do?Just about everyone knew that the Canes weren't going to be an offensive force. That's not exactly a bold statement, as this organization isn't flush with top-end talent at forward. Tallying only 34 goals in 17 games, Carolina is ahead of only Philly (who beat them on Saturday), and Anaheim (who's getting their act together) in the "goals for" category.

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JOIN the Redvolution: A Short Story

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Nov 11, 2015  •  3 comments

Here’s the Section 328 Canes Redvolution TV Spot you won’t see – but should. [GAME NIGHT. Shot of the SECTION 328 CREW. Many are standing with their arms in the air. The Dragnet Theme plays.] SECTION 328 (collectively shouting) CHEATERS! NEVER! WIN! [As the CREW…

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Hey, that Liles. He’s Pretty Alright. A Statistical Spotlight on JML.

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Nov 9, 2015  •  0 comments

I’ve always liked defensemen. My first favorite player as a kid was Rangers d-man, Jeff Beukeboom. Partly, let’s be honest, because of the name, but also because he was a hulking bruiser that routinely destroyed players with his bulk. Since then, other favorites have come and gone: Curtis Leschyshyn, Mattias Nordstrom, Janne Niinimaa, Glen Wesley (of course), and Big Time Timmy Tim Gleason just to name a few. The unsung hero aspect of the defensive defenseman, quietly doing his job while the flashier guys got all the press, just appealed to me. It’s a chop wood, carry water kind of thing, I guess. Do the work, quietly and diligently, day-in and day-out, and success will follow.More recently, I loved me some Andrej “Reggie” Sekera. Post-Whalers, he was the first player autograph I'd gotten, and it was huge moment getting to ask him how he scored that insane puck-carrying goal during a rout against us in Anaheim. He simply smiled shyly and said “I don’t know”. I occasionally craft homemade Rej-wiches and quietly mourn the loss our oddly, kind-of-unexpectedly goofy Slovakian-who’s-fond-of-pink-shorts workhorse defensemen.

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Workrate Decodes the CBA: Injured Players and Roster Moves

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Nov 5, 2015  •  2 comments

[The rules of building and maintaining an NHL roster are complex and often difficult to pinpoint. Many of them are detailed in the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, a 517-page pile of legalese that details everything from the requirement that veterans don’t have to have a hotel roommate on road trips (Article 16.9) to ensuring that every player has the option of receiving his paycheck via direct deposit (Article 31.6(c)). Since I’m a sick bastard, I printed the entire thing out and I’ve read way too much of it in an effort to better understand the finer nuances of running a professional hockey team and the decisions and considerations that need to be made during the course of a season. Basically, I’m not a lawyer, but I play one for Section 328. If you’ve got any questions you’d like to see addressed in a future edition of “Workrate Decodes The CBA”, let me know in the comments or find me on Twitter at @MrWorkrate]The recent Connor McDavid injury made many hockey fans and writers collectively lose their ship (ship? I guess we're a family blog.) and make great exaggerations as to what the Oilers needed to do, with the term "Long Term Injured Reserve" being thrown around. Hell, SB Nation's NHL Twitter account announced that McDavid was officially on LTIR despite no announcement being made by the team or that it was only 30 minutes after the end of the game McDavid got injured in. Relax everybody - you can't catch broken collarbone*.[*or whatever actually happened to him - cripes, I can't pretend to be a lawyer AND a doctor at the same time.]VICTORY! #Oilers beat Philly 4-2! #PHIvsEDM pic.twitter.com/kisxMS5N78 — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 4, 2015 The Oilers have officially placed Connor McDavid on long-term injured reserve. https://t.co/6YZr0Ialom pic.twitter.com/xG2tHWEPO1 — SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) November 4, 2015 So on today's Workrate Decodes the CBA, we're going to look at the rules regarding injuries, rosters, and how NHL GMs have to navigate them.

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What the Hell is HD SV% and Should I Wait for Ultra HD 4K?: A Simple Guide for Caniacs Made by a Simpleton. Part 3 of #VALUE!

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Nov 2, 2015  •  0 comments

Last week we covered Fenwick and that you should contact your doctor immediately if score effects last for longer than 4 hours. This week we’ll take a look at those lovable, freaks of nature that are goaltenders and look at all the new ways to make people angry on twitter with goalie analytics!Specifically, we’ll take a spicy look at the different ‘danger’ classifications on the ice and how a goalie’s true value comes from their ability to make those up-close, high danger saves.Looks like Mr. Wardo doesn't like his taco sauce en fuego!Finally, let me preface this column by saying I am not a Cam hater in any form or fashion. I don’t really hate any NHLer. There are definitely some rat-faced fucktards I could do without (see: Marchand), and I think Semin is infuriating because of what could have been. Anyway, I love what Cam has done for this franchise and as of writing this column the dude has put together a VERY solid set of games with numerous SporpsCenter Top-10 worthy saves.However, I do think stats speak for themselves and while there are certainly unfortunate effects to playing on poor teams with porous sets of pylons as d-men, stats are stats, and he’s had a couple rough seasons. His number will be hanging in PNC’s rafters someday and no amount of frustrated, late-night hockey tweets will affect that in any-freakin'-way. He was also the better of two options last year, and again this year, although it’s early going.

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Workrate Decodes The CBA: Hanifin, ELCs, and the “Slide”

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Oct 28, 2015  •  1 comment

[The rules of building and maintaining an NHL roster are complex and often difficult to pinpoint. Many of them are detailed in the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, a 517-page pile of legalese that details everything from the requirement that veterans don't have to have a hotel roommate on road trips (Article 16.9) to ensuring that every player has the option of receiving his paycheck via direct deposit (Article 31.6(c)). Since I'm a sick bastard, I printed the entire thing out and I've read way too much of it in an effort to better understand the finer nuances of running a professional hockey team and the decisions and considerations that need to be made during the course of a season. Basically, I'm not a lawyer, but I play one for Section 328. If you've got any questions you'd like to see addressed in a future edition of "Workrate Decodes The CBA", let me know in the comments or find me on Twitter at @MrWorkrate]This week will see a lot of discussion about NHL rookies and decisions that need to be made regarding their roster status, and the Canes are no exception. Currently, Noah (Freakin') Hanifin has played 8 NHL games with the Hurricanes, and if he plays in two more, his contract is locked in for this and the next two seasons. This may not seem like a major decision, especially for players such as Hanifin, Connor McDavid, and Jack Eichel, who are all - at age 18 - playing major minutes in the NHL. But what if I told you that the Hurricanes could turn that three-year contract into a five-year contract?That's the "slide rule", and it's built into every contract a newly drafted NHL player signs, and that's what we're going to talk about here today, because for a lot of people (read: almost all of them), this can be really confusing due to other factors in play.

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Canes Close Out Season Series Over Detroit

by Derek Roessler •  @droessl •  Oct 28, 2015  •  2 comments

Despite this being just the ninth game of the season, it was the third and final meeting between the Hurricanes and Red Wings. Thanks, NHL scheduling wizards! Since Carolina was playing Detroit, there was also an opportunity for the good guys to score more than 2 goals in the game.You can do it, put your back into it.The big early story of the day was that rookie sensation (but should Carolina keep him up?) Noah FREAKIN' Hanifin would be a healthy scratch at the Joe Louis Arena. As was stated on the broadcast, this was not a penalizing scratch, but an opportunity to give Noah a different look at the game now that he has 8 games of NHL experience under his belt. Look for him to jump back into the lineup on Thursday. 

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The Hometown May Change, but the Hometown Team Remains the Same.

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Oct 27, 2015  •  0 comments

This one has been turning over and over in my head quite a bit lately, and I thought it was a good time to write, not about stats, but about my lifelong relationship with this franchise that I love so dearly. It’s a good time because I wanted, okay needed, to take a step back from the frustration that comes from being in year two of a rebuild on top of a long stretch of playoff misses, and also because a close friend of mine, who I haven’t seen in over a decade, is coming to visit me on Halloween and she’s a huge reason I love this team as much as I do.The Carolina/Hartford franchise has been my hometown team since I moved to Connecticut from the UK when I was 10 months old, except for the successful chunk of time from 1998 to 2007. I started getting into hockey when I was in middle school and went to my first Hartford Whalers game, sitting in the nosebleeds, watching them play the Quebec Nordiques.There was something blue-collar and magical about the Hartford Civic Center back then. The team, as always, was mediocre, and attendance in the post-Ron Francis Whaler era was waning. I think it took going to other arenas as an adult to realize how weird it was that I had to walk through a sad little mall to get to all the hockey stuff. It felt normal to me back then. The stores weren’t normal stores you’d see in other strip malls, but odd little clothing boutiques and one-off places that I remember having no interest in at all as a teenage, that is, aside from the magnificent team store, which was everything I'd ever wanted in any kind of retail establishment. But, the dreary walks through the long hallway of stores all added to the relatable feel of the franchise, which to me, remains today. Except now, instead of a mall, we walk through camps of tailgating Caniacs, and that Southern twist is a massive improvement.The man who scored the last Whaler goal and the first Hurricanes goal, Kevin Dineen.

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How the hell do you score-adjust and OH GOD MAKE IT STOP: A simple guide for Caniacs made by a simpleton. Part 2 of #DIV/0!

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Oct 26, 2015  •  0 comments

Last week I mentioned score-adjusted Corsi and that the Canes were 5th in the NHL in the last 30 games of last season. In this week’s installment of my derpy column I’ll explain what that means, talk score effects, and discuss how people wayyyyyy smarter than me figured out how to get a more accurate measure of a team’s true possession value.But before we get to that I don’t want to forget Fenwick. "Huh?" you say, "What's a Fenwick? That sounds gross!" Well Fenwick, surprisingly enough, isn’t actually a type of rash or infectious disease. It’s another shot attempt measurement. “Yesss!! More shot attempt measurements!” yelled sweater-vest wearing Canadians everywhere.Holy crap. It's a Canadian sweater vest. My ovaries exploded. Part 2: Fenwick (Corsi’s neglected, mousy friend) Fenwick measures shot attempts, but it doesn’t include blocked shots. Why? Welp, Fenwick believes that the ability to block shots takes skill and that skill varies amongst the NHL player-base, and therefore should be eliminated from base possession measurements. (He obviously never watched Bellemore (miss u)). It also has something to do with wanting to measure scoring chances rather than pure zone time, but really, who gives a shit?

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Quantity Over Quality Dooms Canes

by Derek Roessler •  @droessl •  Oct 24, 2015  •  2 comments

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Canes lost a game in which they outshot their opponent by a healthy margin.  In episode 2 of #CanesAfterDark, Carolina fired more pucks on net than did the Kings in all 3 periods, and after 60 minutes wrapped up, not a single one changed the 0 on the good side of the scoreboard. This marks 132 consecutive regulation minutes without a goal. For those tracking at home, that's not good.

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