"Advanced Stats" really are not all that advanced. Image c/o sportingcharts.com

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 …

My non-sports fan, philosophy major friend on plus-minus and statistics in sports

Recently I witnessed a discussion in which two people were arguing whether or not Luke Schenn had a good season. Broad Street Hockey had a great article breaking down his season recently. The individual who was stating that he had a poor season was arguing that his high number of hits mean next to nothing (perhaps true), and that his plus-minus was poor; therefore he is not a good defenseman. That is funny in itself because Schenn was a plus-three, good for third on the team in plus-minus among players playing 10 or more games, and second among defenseman. The …