Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Nothing new in the NHL feed

Take a look here:


There is nothing new in this year's feed. I would have liked coordinate data for shots (which is already available for free on ESPN) and location data for hits, giveaways, takeaways, blocked shots and the like. This data is already being kept, and there is no good reason not to release it to the general public. It's not as if the NHL feed is giving us any information on whether passes connect, which would constitute a lot more information but would also give us a better sense of what's going on in the game - there are often multi-minute gaps with no events.

At any rate, I don't expect anything new...It's just too bad that the NHL won't give us the information we need to better analyze the game...

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Does the NHL (or any site) publish downloadable year-to-date player stats? The one you can view on NHL.com are a bit useless as you have to page through them. Yahoo has downloadable stats, but only the basics, and they're not reliable. I'd love to find somewhere that has downloadable stats including some of the new stats like hits, or shootout goals.

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