Is there an equivalent of a "Moneyball" for the NHL?
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11-28-2012, 05:11 PM
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In hockey it seems goal differential is the king, not just GF or GA.
The thing is there are so many factors (read every factor,) that leads to this.
Moneyball works as it does in baseball because more than any sport Baseball is a collection of individual efforts. Play is also less fluid.
There might be a way to quantify a MoneyPuck system, but I think it would have to be more complex, with more subtle calculations involved.
Advanced stats in hockey are still in their infancy, and the continuous play, body contact and a myriad of other factors not present in baseball make each metric less definitive, and much harder to isolate.
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