Lecavalier Warmups

Is Lecavalier proving to be a hindrance to his linemates?

When the Philadelphia Flyers signed Vincent Lecavalier to a five year, $4.5 million per year (cap hit) contract, after Tampa Bay exercised one of their two compliance buyouts, most Flyers fans were ecstatic. I initially didn’t really understand the acquisition, but felt that the contract was good value (especially considering some of the comparable free agent deals from this past summer). However, 47 games into the season, I can’t help but wonder if Lecavalier is shaping up to be a disappointment. He’s already dealt with a pretty serious injury, and since his return has a measly four points in eleven …

Pierre whispering sweet nothings to Luke Schenn - Image c/o Amy Irvin

Fun with numbers: Couturier, Read, and Coburn are good; Streit and Schenn…perhaps not

I think one of the most important things to consider when evaluating a player, which also happens to be why I like advanced statistics so much, is understanding the context around a player’s role. It’s not enough to just watch the games and then look at the box score to see a player’s point totals and plus/minus (yuck) and draw a conclusion. In recent years I think a lot of fans have at least started to look at time-on-ice and special teams time to give some semblance of context. I think advanced stats help take that a step further. With …

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Comparing the Flyers’ five-on-five play to past Flyers teams

I’ve always felt that five-on-five play is a good indicator of a team’s true talent. Strip away the special teams and you’re left with a true representation of the team. (Not to take away the importance of special teams. Some teams can ride them deep into the playoffs.) Our Nick D recently suggested I take a look at the Flyers five-on-five play and compare it to the past few Flyers teams to see they stack up. I’ve written about the topic a couple times over the past year or so, so I wanted to take it a bit further now …

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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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Five-on-five suggests the Flyers still aren’t very good

We’re only three games into the 2013-2014 season but it appears as if the Flyers’ faults remain. The five-on-five numbers indicate that the Flyers just might not be very good. If you know me you know that I am not an emotional fan. I tend to approach the Flyers much like I do everything else in my life, logically and with rationale. If the title of this article looks a bit familiar it may be because I wrote a similar piece last February. I don’t want to be one to jump to a conclusion after three games. Three games is …