christophor - (Danny Dann)Member since December 14, 2009
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- Comment on Non-Olympic Habs get back on the ice in Brossard (with video) (2014-02-19 16:00:44)
- Comment on Habs’ Subban paired with Hamhuis at first Team Canada practice (2014-02-10 12:57:46)
I'd take Vlasic over Seabrook. Vlasic's underrated because he's not flashy and plays out west. That said, I'd take Seabrook over Bouwmeester, no question.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-07 01:25:42)
Max Pacioretty has an elite release and can score from areas most can't. He should not be in the crease. Just because he's big and North American, it doesn't mean he's not a sniper. He's more of a Hossa than a power forward, and that's just fine.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 58 – Hat-cioretty bags three as Canadiens win battle of Olympic goalies (2014-02-06 22:00:22)
You're wanting a Marian Hossa to be a Tom Sesito. I'll take the elite goalscoring. The guy's got one of the best releases out there and so he SHOULDN'T be in the crease.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 13:41:06)
I take your point, but I think Boyle gave a whole lot of reasons. As for the 4th line, a good one is needed, but those players are often to be had on waivers. If you're going to trade Diaz, use him properly to showcase what he can do and then get proper value. Weise is a dime-a-dozen player. Edit: and I agree that you can go too far to the other extreme stats-wise, but it seems like the common reaction here is to dismissed advanced stats instead of to argue for a more moderate application.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 13:37:25)
Of course. In fact, advanced stats are collected by tallying up events and so from watching the games. Chris Boyle, who authored the linked article, watches a tonne of hockey and tracking all sorts of event-types and the rates of successes and failures (e.g. dekes, retrieved dump-ins in the dzone and ozone, passes, etc.) Of course you need both. And you also need a more intuitive eye for the types of traits and characteristics that lead to the successes and failures tracked.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 13:33:48)
Basically, the response to you was, "but the stats we have aren't perfect". Good on you to say, "well, they're still saying something important - i.e. they still strongly correlate with success - and so should be considered" It really does come down to that.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 13:31:56)
Ok but don't you see how shallow the analysis you're providing is? Hockey's a complex sport and like all complex types of events, we bring our own interpretations in; we don't just take them away from what we see. That's why we need to critically test with evidence. I imagine you would accept this about almost everything else (interpreting the geological record, testing new medicines, appraising the impact of social or political policies) Anyway, on a more simple note, what's the goal of balancing your defence corps in the way you suggested? To score and prevent more goals. If the data clearly show that the balance you suggest results in scoring and preventing way FEWER goals, you need to objectively take the data into consideration.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 13:25:12)
But as the article clearly shows, way more goals are conceded when Murray is on and way less goals are scored on the opposition. What's the end-game of crease-clearing? To prevent goals, I assume. I grant that Murray is better at this, but I think it's an over-emphasized trait. Even if it's not over-emphasized, the rest of Murray's game leads to the Habs being badly outplayed and outscored when he's on. I would be happy to accept the following scenario in which Murray isn't played: - The Habs concede A FEW MORE dirty goals against that Murray's crease clearing might have prevented - The Habs concede A LOT LESS goals of other kinds - The Habs score A LOT MORE goals on the opposition. If the point of the game is to outscore the opponent, then it's a no-brainer.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 13:15:56)
Murray was a hero on that 5 on 3 but that's a tiny sample of an entire season. Over a season, way more goals will be scored against and way fewer for when Murray's on the ice. It really comes down to that. I love toughness, but if you're letting more in and potting fewer, it's not worth it. Anyway, Boyle's a die-hard Habs fan and a new hire. He's not in the cro-magnon category like other Sportsnet personalities.