Thursday, November 29, 2007

A few more refinements

Some small refinements today, all by popular request:

1) Added Home/Away tags to the player game logs, so you can see the home ice advantage in line-matching.
2) Added Goals Scored, 1st Assists and 2nd Assists per 60 minutes to the 5v5, 4v5 and 5v4 stats pages.
3) Added league translations for the NAHL and Canadian Tier II Junior Leagues to Tier I Junior and the NCAA.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Stats Database for 2007-08: what else should we add to it?

Behindthenet's 2007-08 statistics database is just about completely up-and-running. Here's what we've got:

1. Team Statistics [new for 2007-08]
2. Player Statistics, 5-on-5
3. Game Logs for Players, 5-on-5 [new for 2007-08]
4. Player Statistics, 5-on-4 and 4-on-5
5. Goaltender Statistics, 5-on-5, 5-on-4 and 4-on-5

Most things are sortable, and pretty much everything is updated at 5 AM ET every day. We maintain a database of every NHL player and add new players as soon as they'e played their first NHL game.

It's a lot of data, that's for sure. We'd love to get your comments, questions and concerns about the site - on everything from the stats to what's confusing. We'd also love to hear your suggestions for different topics we could apply statistical analysis to.



Lots of hits on USHL Article

The short column I wrote the level of play in the USHL has generated a lot of interest in the last couple of days.

Marc Foster's junior hockey blog made reference to it:

Junior Hockey Blog

And the USHL President's office and Director of Scouting got in touch with me to express their gratitude at seeing these numbers available somewhere. A big thanks to James Mirtle for his blog post on the USHL, which made me think it was finally time to analyze the USHL.

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Behindthenet big among stats junkies...

Rand Simon thinks so:

"PLAYING AGAINST THE BEST If you are a stats junkie like me, I suggest you check out the website Behind the Net.

My favorite stat there is the "Quality of Competition" which does a great job of showing which players are used against the other teams' top skaters.

According to the website, the player who faced the toughest competition last year was New Jersey's John Madden. So far this season's top three (minimum 10 games played) are Anahein's Samuel Pahlsson, Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov and Florida's Olli Jokinen. At the bottom, facing the weakest competition so far, are enforcers Andrew Peters (Buffalo), Aaron Downey (Montreal) and Eric Goddard (Calgary).

Rand Simon is an NHLPA certified agent. He has spent the past 14 years with Newport Sports Management Inc."

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