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What The Puck? Daddy.

01/21/15

Ugh.  UGHHHHH.  I’m sure this is a blatant troll piece designed to garner clicks from two fanbases that are always good for them.  Why they didn’t have the Daniel Lawrence Whitney of hockey writing Ryan…erm…Larry the…erm TwoLinePass write it, I do not know.  Perhaps he is moving on to extol upon us the virtues of incredibly boring Men’s Hockey East play.  But I haven’t cut down a P*ck D*ddy column in a while so here we are.

Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid need to succeed. Considering the absurd amount of hype around these two prospects, it’s vital that they’re put in spots that have high potential for growth.

I thought this was a TEAM sport.  The ULTIMATE TEAM SPORT.  Why do these two random boners need to succeed?  Conclusion: Josh Cooper is trying to destroy hockey from within.

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In The Bleak Midwinter

01/20/15

The Sabres season has become a starless void with a beginning and end split so far wide they seem like mere figments of our imagination.  Their record is x-y-z where y>>>>x and z is made up and the points don’t matter.  And here Sabres fans sit, bumbling for matches against the frostbite of the Yukon Trail, our proper wolf dog ready to run off to other food- and fire-providers in the way of player after player leaving us, be it for the Amerks or to other franchises where hope is more than a cruel legend passed down by the man behind the bench.

Each game has become less distinguishable from the one that proceeded it.  Someone asked me how many in a row the Sabres had lost.  I said 6.  The answer was 11.  The only joy comes in reading box scores in cataloging and quantifying their horribleness, and in lighting the beacons to call for help by way of draft picks and futures, a premise that seems as futile as summoning the Rohirrim must have seemed to Denethor.

Meanwhile the Great Motivator’s voice grows fainter and fainter against the wind of mid-January, the players cackling like Théoden to Gandalf at playing a Sixty Minute Game or at dealing with hard practice sessions that have little purpose other than to hold up the charade that anyone cares.

Death is surely hovering over our franchise now, our fingers useless, our feet growing numb, the cold spreading.  Soon we will stumble, then we will fall, then come now or come May, the most comfortable and satisfying sleep we have ever known.

Hockey in Nairobi, Kenya

01/19/15

Probably one of the coolest hockey videos I’ve seen in a while.  Found by my friend @paulbux.

Five Teams Have A Shot At Winning The ECAC

01/19/15

The ECAC is usually a three team race when it’s a race at all and things may very well turn out that way when the final games are played, but as it stands right now there are five teams with a legitimate shot at winning the conference’s regular season title.

ecac standings

Princeton and Dartmouth both have too many losses to consider and it’s a pretty steep drop-off after that.  And were it not for a puzzling St. Lawrence loss to Brown and a slightly more understandable Cornell loss to Princeton, things would be even more interesting.  Here’s the remaining strength of schedule for the top five:

ECAC remaining schedule

The former column for each remaining opponent is home, the latter is away.

 

 

So while Quinnipiac and Harvard seem to have the inside track, they’ve also played six of their eight games against Colgate, RPI, Brown, and Union.  Fifth place Cornell meanwhile has five of those games left.  Let’s look at each team.

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Vulgar Statistics: Women’s Hockey Rankings 1-19

01/19/15

As the NCAA season progresses, I’m going to publish weekly rankings in conjunction with the USCHO poll.  These rankings will be entirely statistics based with the explanation as to how those stats are developed here.  As I prefer to do when compiling rankings, a team’s final ranking will be determined by a summation of their rankings in various statistical categories:

  • Overall winning percentage (pct)
  • Percentage of shots taken (S%) – (Editor’s Note – This is essentially the best imitator of Corsi %.  I’m told that shot attempts (Shots on goal plus missed shots plus shots taken that get blocked) are recorded but that data is not available anywhere.) 
  • Percentage of shots taken relative to Opponents’ S% (Rel S%)
  • S% versus teams with an S% of 50% or more
  • Rel S% versus teams with an S% of 50 or more
  • Shooting Percentage (Sht%)
  • Save Percentage (Sv%)

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Where The Women Play Part II: Arenas

01/14/15

womens hockey arenas

A Guide To Watching Women’s College Hockey

01/12/15

UPDATES IN BOLD

Today I decided to go through the sites of all NCAA Division I Women’s hockey teams to see what they had available for video content.  Generally the home team is the sole video broadcaster so if your team is on the road against someone who doesn’t offer video, you’re out of luck.

Author’s Note: This is going to be a bit of a work in progress as several teams do not post links until game day and some teams don’t play at home again for a month.

The Unknowns:

  • Syracuse
  • Northeastern
  • Maine

Syracuse should in theory use Eversport (like the rest of the CHA, more on that later), but I couldn’t find any video links.  Northeastern, Maine, and Minnesota State also use streaming providers, but again, no purchase links, so I’m not really sure.

Free Home Games:

  • Quinnipiac
  • St. Lawrence
  • Clarkson
  • Rensselaer
  • Minnesota State
  • Colgate
  • Boston College
  • Boston University

I’ve watched everyone except for St. Lawrence on this list.  Quinnipiac probably has the best feed, but Boston College has free replays of most games.

The Rest of the Field:

Womens Hockey TV

I’m not sure how the Big Ten Network applies to hockey, but $14 to at least be able to watch Wisconsin and Minnesota is a good deal.  Minnesota allows a free feed with a login with a cable provider.

Ivy League TV

Screw the Ivy League.  All the Ivy League schools are rolling in money and they can’t provide free streaming for a less watched sport like Women’s hockey?  Maybe if they handed out fewer athletic erm academic scholarships to their athletes.  Worth noting too that Ivy League Network’s 4 month pass will not cover a full hockey season.  I hope Harvard makes the NCAA championship just so they can get run over by Minnesota or Boston College.

Eversport and the CHA

MEGA SCREW the CHA.  The CHA is a total dumpster of a conference, most of its schools probably wouldn’t win D-III championships, and they have the worst streaming deal?  $10 a game?  $30 a month?  I hope they get their auto-bid taken away.

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