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PHT Morning Skate: Nerds vs. dinosaurs

Sep 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Great stuff on the “battle” between those who lean toward advanced stats and “purists” who are more inclined toward the “eyeball test.” Or, as The Hockey News deems it, “Nerds vs. Dinosaurs.” (The Hockey News’ Post-to-Post)

James Mirtle dusts off his groundbreaking old blogspot account for a fascinating look on how one reporter approaches Twitter connectivity. (Mirtle’s blog)

The Goalie Guild put together a really detailed and eye-friendly breakdown of every NHL team’s goalie depth charts. One takeaway is that, on paper, the East seems more talented in net than the West. (The Goalie Guild)

Kids ask Kevin Bieksa about the darndest things, including his relationship with John Tortorella. (Vancouver Sun)

A fun one from a couple weeks ago: how to read between the lines of the countless “best shape of my life” stories that will probably filter through the media around training camp time. (The Score)

Are the Bruins starting to push the Red Sox when it comes to popularity in Boston? Here’s a vote for no, but … (Boston Globe)

What Shawn Horcoff brings to the table for the Dallas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I honestly hate advanced stats. Leave that to baseball.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM


    Gotta admit that I kinda like the sound of that ! :)

    Serious question though to all you ‘spread sheet’ lovers out there. Exactly how many of you people were predicting that the LA Kings would win yet another Stanley Cup, a year ago on this day ? Of course we all know that the answer to that question is ‘zero’ as most of you had your panties tied up in knots over teams like the Blues, Blackhawks and Penguins. The bottom line is that ‘victory & greatness’ are achieved with skill, conviction and faith ! … not pie charts, analytics or spread sheets.

    • bsaures - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Not purist what you meant to say is moron.

      Most analytical based predictions last year had LA among the 3 or 4 teams they thought would win. There is always a level of variability when it comes to stats but trends that develop are very valuable. For example had the leafs believed in analytics before they signed clarkson they would have seen that his production was not sustainable and had more to do with his situation than skill.

      While it may not be perfect the old way is far from perfect

    • caniac4ever - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      You’re not a “purist” blomfeld. You’re a douchebag.

      • blomfeld - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Bizarre and Caniac …

        Nice try losers, however it appears that the ‘people’ have spoken eh ? :)
        Anyway, why don’t you irrelevant ‘suck holes’ just piss off and go back into your labyrinth of ‘gutless’ tunnels & pipes where ‘whiskered & rat-tailed’ vermin like you flourish ! Both of you are scum ‘as per’ the people and the sooner you losers vacate this website the better for all ! … with love, comrade Blomfeld

        ps: bye the way, shove a ‘pie chart’ up your assess while you’re at it eh ?

  3. infieldhit - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Advanced stats don’t have to be 100% accurate or predictive to be useful. Just better than what we’ve been using before. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t is an ongoing process, that’s how science works.

    • blomfeld - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      ya don’t say ?

  4. mnwildandcaps8 - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Hahaha ^^

    • blomfeld - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      and you can kiss my ‘bar graph’ loser !

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