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2015-2016 expectations

10 September 2015 - 03:16 PM

The 2015-2016 Wings should look quite a bit different.  Holland only made a few moves, but they were each pretty significant in their own right, and as a result, a lot of the things that we've grown used to seeing (or not seeing) from the Wings may very well be changed.  We now have a right-handed defensman, who also happens to be known more for offense than defense.  We have a veteran center who isn't Stephen Weiss.  We have a head coach who isn't Mike Babcock. The youth movement is one year older and more experienced, and we have guys like Pulkkinen, Mantha, Larkin, Callahan, Ferraro doing what they can to earn a roster spot.  Our core is also one year older, and as of right now not expected to be in the lineup in its entirety until November.  There is no clear number 1 goalie.

So I guess my question to everyone is what are your expectations for this team?  Last year the Wings ended up as the third seed in the Atlantic, and lost in the first round to the Eastern Conference Champions in seven games.  Do you look at the makeup of this team on paper and believe it should be the top team in the Eastern Conference, or Atlantic Division?  Do you think they're a third seed team?  Wildcard team?  Do you expect this team to make a deep playoff run, or even make the playoffs?

I ask because I feel like I don't have a solid handle on where I see this team.  In the past, at the very least I had an opinion that I felt I could at least comfortably defend, but right now I can just as easily see this squad being the Stanley Cup champs as I can see them missing the playoffs entirely.  So what are your expectations for this upcoming season?

NHL.com statistics

20 February 2015 - 10:37 PM

If you've been to nhl.com recently (say in the past 12 hours or so) you may have noticed that they revamped their statistics page.  Today's transition is part of a three step process to change the way we look at statistics, with the NHL partnering with SAP, who apparently does some stuff with the NBA, although I'm not a fan of basketball so I can't coment on the quality.  But part of the rollout includes new types of stats, namely Corsi and Fenwick.  Although they're not Corsi and Fenwick anymore.  They're "shot attempts" and "unblocked shot attempts" which, while doesn't have that same charm, nor the nod to the folks who first implemented the use of these stats, its a much easier term for the average person to immediately understand without having to do a bit of research.

There are other features as well, such as being able to look pretty far back into the past at various stats.  The Detroit Cougars are listed on there, for example (George Hay was their leading scorer with 35 points back in 1928).  It looks like the site will also include average shot distance, zone starts, goals and assists per 20 minutes and 60 minutes, penalties taken, penalties drawn, and probably some more stuff that I don't know about.

I'm still meandering around the new interface, and checking out all the new features, but as a fan of statistics (or really any new way to look at the game), I'm pretty excited to have "offical" numbers to work with now.  We should also expect to see more new stuff roll out over the next year or so as they add features and statistics to the website.


PS, Wings are currently #1 in the league in Corsi against...er, shot attempts against.


edit: for those of you interested in more info, Puck Daddy Blog has a nice summary of what to expect in all three phases here:http://sports.yahoo....-031047083.html

do check it out, there's some pretty cool stuff planned.