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Nate Silver, elections and SPORTS

Math kicked ass. Not to say that Nate Silver’s models are completely infallible, of course, the guy got lucky. Every single state of the union voted as Silver forecasted it to vote, within a slim margin of error he gave simply by aggregating polls over the last year or so. I don’t want to write…

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KHL HIGHLIGHTS – Saturday, October 13 2012

Four more KHL highlight packs for you, courtesy of our friends Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko, who have so graciously filtered through the cyrillic lettering and thick Eastern European accents to bring us an English version. As they do most nights, of course, here as a regular feature at the Nations. Tonight, Mikhail Grabovski scores…

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There shouldn’t be fighting in prospect games

    The scene: After a hard-fought prospects game at one of the many preseason tournaments sprouting up across North America, a progressive coach brings a player into his office to discuss the fighting major the player earned the night before in the second period of a 5-1 hockey game. “Oh, hey, it’s good to…

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Two-way forwards, Defensive forwards, and the Selke debate

    A principle problem of mainstream hockey talk revolves around finding the right value for a defensive player. Evaluating a player’s defensive attributes, unfortunately, falls into some pitfalls on the surface. It is absolutely impossible to watch every game and judge each player well defensively, which causes some problems when it comes to handing…

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The overrated value of a faceoff

  Every so often, an analyst will talk about how a certain player deserved a “three star” nominee because he won two or three big faceoffs. Even more so often a coach will send out two centremen in a high-leverage situation to win a key, late draw. The question is whether this tactic has a…

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Anatomy of an undervalued hockey player

    Niclas Bergfors. Tyler Kennedy. Torrey Mitchell. Scott Gomez. Martin Hanzal. Scottie Upshall. Nikolay Zherdev. Peter Regin. Michael Frolik. What do all nine of these players have in common?

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The best defensive group in the league

   (Cam Charron continues to look at general NHL issues for us here at the Nations. This week, he investigates the Sharks new top-four defense rotation and wonders if it’s one of the best in the league)

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The Nashville Predators and the salary cap floor

The trade that sent Brett Lebda to the Nashville Predators is an intriguing one for two reasons, and the strategy behind the deal for both teams is one that we may see more often as rich teams attempt to maximize their spending money and lesser teams attempt to maximize the value they get from their…

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Making sense of Paul Holmgren’s trades

    From a stand-alone perspective, trading Jeff Carter to Columbus is not a bad trade for the Philadelphia Flyers. Everything that happened afterwards is chaotic, as Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren laid his team’s foundation and future through 2012 on a roulette table. Where the Jeff Carter trade baffles me is that it meant…

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Stacking the deck on draft day

    I want to point you all in the direction of a fantastic bit of research written last week by CIS Blogger and math graduate Rob Pettapiece. Rob expands on research he did into the CHL draft and found that players born earlier in the year were more likely to get drafted than players born later…