Despite largely outplaying the visitors, the Minnesota Wild still managed to lose against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. So to make up for the Wild’s slack, we have an extra long Walk today with two songs and a fun video featuring the bromance between Jason Zucker and Charlie Coyle.
Speaking of which, remember this picture?
“Despite losing its third straight for the first time this season, the Wild felt its effort against Toronto was a step in the right direction.”
News of Note
“After hearing Coach Muzerall referencing Corsi and time of possession in her analyses,[Alison Lukan] asked how Ohio State uses analytics.”
“I do think of the little girls. They might not realize how cool it is. It may just be normal for them to see two women up there - to see women talk about men’s sports.” - AJ Mleczko
“This season Alexa Aramburu is one of two players (Rebecca Morse) on the Metropolitan Riveters from the state of New Jersey, but it wasn’t exactly a dream of hers growing up to play for a pro team in her home state.”
“A look at how the struggling Riveters are fairing this season.”
“The Boston College star is excelling at the next level of hockey...and don’t be surprised if you see her on the next Team USA roster, either.”
“KalPa captain chats Naisten Liiga, goals, and more.”
Tending the Fields
A look at how all 31 NHL teams use their AHL affiliates from Jeff Veillette.
“Defensemen seem to be scoring at a truly prolific rate this year.”
Off the Trail
“[Alex Novet] wrote this as a guide to getting into hockey analytics. Almost all of it is relevant to any sport, and much of it is relevant to anyone looking to start doing data science in RStats or Python.”
“The captaincy has always been a sacred role in the NHL, but more teams are going without one.”
“While there will always inevitably be minute grievances here or there about how to tinker with the product, the early returns of this 2018-19 NHL season have been awfully encouraging about the direction in which the game is headed.”
Looking for undervalued fantasy hockey players? Alison Lukan explores some under-(and over-) performers using the expected goals metric.”
Fans say the death of the enforcer makes smaller, faster teams ‘easier’ to play against. As the Coyotes have discovered, though, there are other ways to make your opponent’s life hard.
“These players are on pace for monumental seasons, whether they’re tracking towards or an all-time record or merely towards the best season the league has seen in 20-plus years.”
“NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to confirm the worst-kept secret in hockey on Tuesday — the league will be expanding to Seattle.”
“With minutes to go before the 5 p.m. ET signing deadline, the William Nylander contract drama came to an end.”
“From the 1917 Stanley Cup winning Metropolitans to the 1960s heyday of the Totems, the city of Seattle was long a hockey town, albeit somewhat forgotten since. That should change with this week’s awarding of the city’s first NHL franchise.”
All Around the Nation
“The article nobody should have to write.”
“Dahlin’s continued development has gained the NHL’s attention.”
“How soon will he get in a game? What about the roster?”
“As we head into December, how have the Avalanche built on last season?”