Crash Course on Corsi, PDO, and Advanced Stats (Video)

It’s been a big summer for hockey stats. Hoping to improve their hockey intelligence, lots of teams have snatched up numbers-based hockey writers for the 2014-15 season. Even mainstream writers and pundits seem to be more open to some of the so-called advanced stats (which I don’t think is a good label).

Still, some people are still skeptical, or at least unclear, about the new stats. That makes sense; the community hasn’t always done a good job separating the jargon from the meaning those stats are conveying. To that purpose, I’ve made this short video to explain, visually, what Corsi, Fenwick, PDO, and Zone Starts actually mean.

If you’re not on board with the fancystats, this video could help. Consider this a crash course on the basics. Please feel free to share this video wherever you want– particularly wherever folks might get be getting confused.

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These NBC4 Promos Lack #NatriolesMagictude

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Some will say that baseball has divided the region. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, who are in different leagues and don’t even play each other lest they both make the fall classic, seem to be mutually exclusive fandoms.

At least, that’s the premise of NBC 4’s latest promos. These videos, completely bereft of #NatriolesMagictude, depict a DMV split into two factions, each side leery of the other. The schism affects the playground, dog walks, even the TV room.

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Burra should get used to this. (Photo: Geoff Burke)

Andre Burakovsky continues to be a god. He’s been the Washington Capitals best player by far during training camp. Heading into Thursday night, Burakovsky already had a game-winning goal and a game-winning assist. Now he’s added a highlight-reel goal.

Describing it is simple: Burakovsky took the puck from the Caps defensive zone, skated through the neutral zone solo, and scored on two Flyers defenders. The execution was maybe not so easy.

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Vrana during an interview with local newspaper Corren before the game.

Washington Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana scored two points in his first game back with Linkoping after being cut from Caps training camp. Vrana, who was dominant in the Champions League action before coming over to North America, got a goal and an assist as his Linkoping defeated Filip Forsberg’s former club, Leksand.

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Madison Bowey Scores a Career-High Five Points

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One Capitals top prospect Madison Bowey added another huge WHL game to his resume. After he collected three assists in a power play show in his first game back in junior, Bowey scored career-high five points (two goals, three assists) in Kelowna’s dramatic 7-5 victory over Vancouver that was broadcast around Western Canada on Shaw TV.

Both of Bowey’s goals came shorthanded. All three of his assists were recorded while the Rockets were on the power play.

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On Wednesday, the Hershey Bears opened their preseason by playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the brand new PPL Center. The result of the actual game however is secondary to the sick goal Russian prospect Stan Galiev scored.

Galiev does a 360, passes the puck to himself, goes through two defenders, and then snipes the puck to the top right corner of the net.

Just look at this!

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Washington Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey tallied three fancy assists in the Kelowna Rockets’ convincing 8-2 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.

It was the first WHL game of the year for Bowey, who missed his team’s first two games (both wins) while he participated in the Caps’ training camp. Bowey was assessed four penalty minutes (two roughing minors) as the teams combined for 92 minutes in the penalty box.

Bowey was named the game’s first star.

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Last season, Washington Capitals defense prospect Nate Schmidt had his year ended early after suffering a knee injury on a low-bridge hit by Norfolk Admirals defenseman Garnet Exelby.

Playing Montreal on Sunday, Schmidt narrowly missed a head injury after getting elbowed in the noggin by Jarred Tinordi, son of former Capital, Mark Tinordi.

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Shane Gersich Kicks Off USHL Career With Goal

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Gersich battles for the puck. (Photo: Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald)

Shane Gersich, a Capitals fifth-round pick, started his USHL career with a goal in an Omaha Lancers’ loss to Sioux City Musketeers in overtime in the first game of the regular season.

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On Wednesday morning, the NHL released a two-minute long video promoting the upcoming Winter Classic in Washington DC. The gravely narrator gets us excited for the Capitals match-up with the Blackhawks on January 1.

Enjoy!

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