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Video: How to use advanced statistics

I wanted to do something a bit different this week by recording a quick video that shows how I like to use advanced statistics (at least in one example). As I’ve said many times, I like to use advanced statistics as a tool to support what it is that I see, or that I think I see. When used with observation I think it is very powerful. It can help lend context to my observations, or simply support them. Additionally, it can help bring to light something I may not have noticed which will prompt me to watch more closely …

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Fake Hockey Help: Injuries to the stars, Versteeg to Chicago, Bryzgalov joins the Oilers

The biggest news of the week around the NHL was the injury to Steven Stamkos. With a broken tibia, Stamkos is expected to be out until at least the Olympics, which doesn’t even seem all that likely for the Tampa Bay forward. A perennial goal-scoring machine, many people most likely took Stamkos in the top four overall in their fantasy hockey draft if he didn’t go first overall. With the recurring injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin paired with the inconsistency of Alex Ovechkin, Stamkos would have been the safest bet. Now, Stamkos owners are wondering what to do. …

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Flyers’ winning streak ends in Winnipeg, Jets edge out victory

The Philadelphia Flyers saw their three-game winning streak snapped in Winnipeg, as the Jets beat the Orange and Black 3-2 in a five-round shootout. Bryan Little had the decisive goal in the shootout, while Dustin Byfuglien had a two-goal game. Olli Jokinen had two assists, as Ondrej Pavelec stopped 32 in regulation and four in the shootout for the win. Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds found the back of the net for Philly, while Steve Mason had 38 saves in the loss. After 65 minutes couldn’t find a winner, the contest came down to a shootout. Devin Setoguchi beat Mason …

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Game 19 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Winnipeg Jets

Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-1) @ Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2), 8:00PM EST, TCN-PH, TSN-JETS RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 7-10-1 Away: 4-3-1 vs. Western Conference: 1-3-0 vs. Central Division: 0-0-0 Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2) Home: 6-5-1 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-1-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-0-1 GAME 19 PREVIEW: The Philadelphia Flyers are finally winning?  The Philadelphia Flyers are finally winning. The Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-1) look to end their three-game road trip on a positive note as they head to Manitoba tonight to take on the Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2).  The game will be televised locally on TCN–PH at 8:00 PM EST.  After tonight, the Flyers return home this coming Tuesday …

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Game 18 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers (6-10-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-0), 8:00PM EST, NBCSN, RDS, TSN2 RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 6-10-1 Away: 3-3-1 vs. Eastern Conference: 5-7-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 3-4-1 Pittsburgh Penguins: 11-6-0 Home: 7-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-4-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 6-2-0 GAME 18 PREVIEW: Coming off of their best all-around performance of the year in Ottawa last night, the Philadelphia Flyers (6-10-1) head to Pittsburgh to take on the division-leading Penguins (11-6-0).  The game will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network at 8:00PM EST.  This is the Flyers’ second game of a back-to-back and, coincidentally, the second game of a three-in-four …