I know I haven’t updated in over a week–I have been working on a piece about Ryan Getzlaf, but last weekend was spent in the hospital visiting a friend who was badly injured by a drunk driver. Here’s your PSA for the week, please be responsible out there if you’re having a few cold ones after the game. The drunk driver and the driver of my friend’s car walked away from the crash relatively unscathed, but she took the worst of it with a punctured lung, a brain bruise, a broken clavicle, and some liver damage. It’s not just your own life you are taking into your hands when you get behind the wheel, but everyone else’s on the road…
Alright, enough depressing stuff. This weekend I am traveling from LA back home to the STATE OF HOCKEY, the greatest state in these United States, or any place on God’s green earth! I plan to do some disc golfing while I’m there, and then pour lots of craft beer down my gullet. I’ll take some photos and post them here in case anyone’s interested.
While I have some time on the plane, I’ll get a chance to finish the Getzlaf piece (spoiler: I think last year was just sort of a perfect storm for the Ducks and I like them to bounce back this year,) plus hopefully get a good start on some other work (moar spoilers, have you checked out Devan Dubnyk’s numbers from last year?) And if I’m feeling ambitious, I will try my hand at some positional rankings.
In the meantime, here is a really good piece looking at Corey Perry’s down year, and speculates that he will bounce back. The author is new to advanced hockey stats but he does a good job mixing in Corsi Rel and on-ice Sh% with some more traditional analysis.
And here is some much anticipated information about NHL 13′s new GM Connected mode. I think a lot of people are going to enjoy this feature. Not sure if I will have a chance to do it but it’s definitely a step forward for the franchise.
Thanks for reading, make sure to check back soon!