We often hear coaches and players talk about the need to "play the right way"; to keep the tempo and quality of play high so it translates into success when it matters most. Bad habits creeping into a good team, at the wrong time, is a death trap. Is this just rhetoric, or do the numbers support these hockey cliches? To answer this question we decided to compare winning percentage ("down the stretch"; or March 1st to the end of the season), against the most important metric
Explore this interactive data viz to find players with high shooting percentages (right side); these players are pretty darn good, or maybe lucky. On the left side, not so lucky. The larger the circle, the more shots taken. The darker the circle, the older the player- easier to find Joe Thornton. Hover for detailed info.
This interactive data viz shows the number of NHL defensemen who average 20 mins or more, per season, by age. On average, there are approximately 3 d-men per team who average 20+mins per game, therefor the data represents "top 3 defensemen" in the NHL. The bigger the circle, the more d-men represented by that group. Let your eyes see the trend. It is clear that more older defensemen had a larger portion of the top ice-time minutes between 2006 and 2011. The ice-time has sh
A fun data viz here. Don't read it. Let your eyes tell you if the NHL is getting younger. The circles represent the total amount of ice time by each age group. The larger and darker the circle, the more ice time (as a percentage of the year's total ice time). Your eyes will likely be drawn to the top right area, where recent years show the largest dark circles for ages 21 to 24. On the left side, your see some large circles representing the most ice time for ages 28 to 30.