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A hockey podcast hosted by Dimitri Filipovic that has been regressing to the mean since 2015.

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    • Jan 17, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 393 EPISODES

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    Episode 425: Different, and Better

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 64:05

    Darryl Belfry joins the show to discuss the following topics: Watching McDavid and Crosby train together How they used space as a weapon Positionless hockey vs. Positional interchangeability Getting more out of defensemen in the OZ Ways to optimize 5v5 offense Shot selection and how it affects puck recoveries The pros and cons of aiming high on goalies What makes Nikita Kucherov such a dual threat How Troy Terry attacks triangles If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 424: Mo Seider, Mo Fun

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 74:08

    Max Bultman and Ryan Hana join the show to discuss just how Moritz Seider, how impressive his rookie season has been, what we've seen from him that's made him so effective right away, and a whole lot more on the Detroit Red Wings. Topics include: The details in Seider's game Just how much they rely on him already Memories from the 2019 draft Lucas Raymond's dual threat ability The importance of his shot moving forward What the rookies have done for Detroit's watchability Dylan Larkin's career arc so far Jakub Vrana's eventual return The next steps for the Red Wings If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 423: The Second Best Beard

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 41:57

    Rikard Grönborg joins the show to discuss incorporating analytics into coaching decisions, how to effectively use data when communicating with players, balancing the team's process versus results, and his experience matching up against Team North America in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 422: Finding the Right Partner

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 54:39

    Jack Han joins the show to discuss a variety of topics including Trevor Zegras' playing style, lessons we can learn from the Stars top line, Oliver Kylington's development this season, and players we like that you've probably never had any reason to think about before. 2:00 Why Hintz, Robertson, and Pavelski work so well together 14:00 Trevor Zegras' experimentation and playing style 29:00 Oliver Kylington's development 38:00 Random players we like that you've never thought about If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 421: Answering Your Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 49:07

    Ryan Lambert joins the show to help answer your mailbag questions. Topics include: The Mount Rushmore of Bad GMs in the Cap Era What we were most wrong about in the preseason If the Ducks start changes their trade deadline plans More likely: 50 Ovechkin Goals vs. 150 McDavid Points Whether the Islanders can turn their season around The most chaotic potential PDO benders Which teams are due for some regression Goalies to keep in mind for the future If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 420: We're All Trying to Find The Guy Who Did This

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 60:57

    Satiar Shah joins the show to discuss Vancouver's horrible start to the season, who's really to blame for it, and what the Canucks organization will do next to try and fix it. Topics include: How surprising these early results are Why the organization pivoted this offseason The team's decision to make all-in moves Bloated expectations heading into the year The media's role in influencing those expectations The 8 years of the Benning regime How much ownership's meddling complicates things Whether the coaching really is to blame Why their playing style doesn't match their personnel Elias Pettersson's struggles over the last year and a half What happens next in Vancouver If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 419: The 2021-22 Watchability Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 81:16

    Pete Blackburn joins the show to help construct this year's version of the annual Watchability Rankings. We discuss what makes a team watchable, and what we prioritize when tuning into a game, before ranking all 32 teams in the league from top to bottom based on that criteria. Topics include: Whether the Coyotes are so bad that they're good Why you need to give the Blues a second chance What makes the Ducks this year's 'Midnight Rider' Fear of missing out on Connor McDavid's latest highlight Enjoying Alex Ovechkin chasing history Teams we struggled to rank because of injuries The novelty of the Kraken vs. their actual performance Young teams we want to get in on early Established teams we know what we're getting from If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 418: Going All-In in Vegas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 55:11

    Jesse Granger joins the show to discuss Vegas trading for Jack Eichel, their aggressive team building strategy, how they're going to make all of the pieces fit when they get healthy, and how they're trying to survive in the meantime. Topics include: Why Vegas decided to trade for Eichel Why they were in a unique position to do so Trading draft picks for proven talent The pros and cons of their team building strategy How to optimally use him when he returns Idea of paying premium for centers Making all of the money fit under the cap Struggles to stay afloat with current personnel The context of Alex Pietrangelo's stats so far Balancing the short term vs. the long term If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 417: Emergency Eichel Trade Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 34:04

    Chad DeDominicis joins the show to discuss initial reactions to the Jack Eichel trade, the return the Sabres were able to get for him, and what the Golden Knights will actually be getting from him whenever he's ready to play again. Topics include: Complicating factors that affected the market Which teams were actually in on him The leaked Flames offer Krebs as the crown jewel of the package Tuch's future and realistic upside Where Vegas' first round pick could land this year Eichel's statistical profile the past few seasons What the Golden Knights need him to be If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 416: Making Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 69:06

    I start the show talking about Kyle Beach's bravery in coming forward, the cowardice within the Chicago Blackhawks organization that allowed this to happen to him, and the way everything has been handled. Then Jack Fraser joins the show to discuss teams that have either overperfomed or underperfomed so far based on our preseason expectations, and whether we need to change our projections for them moving forward. 0:00 - CW: Kyle Beach, Chicago Blackhawks, and the NHL 8:50 - The Avalanche 18:00 - The Leafs 31:00 - The Kraken 38:00 - The Lightning 46:00 - The Flames 51:00 - The Blues 55:00 - Mailbag Questions If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 415: Sources Say

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 59:57

    Chris Johnston and Emily Kaplan join the show to discuss teams that have our attention, things we're watching moving forward, and what people around the league are talking about. Topics include: How the Penguins keep winning without key players The Panthers building something special The likelihood of Vegas making another big move The Jack Eichel trade market Chicago's horrendous start and who's to blame The upcoming free agent class If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 414: Season Preview Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 57:24

    Dom Luszczyszyn joins the show to help preview the upcoming NHL season. We discuss team projections, league trends, player props, and our favourite bets. Topics include: What to make of last year's data The difficulties of projecting a new team like the Kraken Stickiness of metrics from one year to the next Teams that made big changes over the offseason The realistic ceiling for McDavid's point total Our favourite bets for team over/unders Interesting player props and awards futures If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out if they haven't yet. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 413: Turning Fantasy into Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 73:58

    Cam Robinson and Chris Meaney join the show to help you prepare for your fantasy drafts by discussing players to target, breakout candidates, and situations to watch closely to start the season. Topics include: Stacking Florida Panthers skaters Sam Bennett's remarkable end to last season Sam Reinhart's upside playing next to Barkov Jack Hughes' breakout, and why points are coming Which Devils skaters will be able to benefit from it Jakob Chychrun trying to follow up on last year Joel Eriksson Ek playing with Kirill Kaprizov Jordan Kyrou's talent and usage Take advantage of the unknown in Seattle Underrated goalies that are in good situations Top six wing battles to be determined If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous though, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 412: An Offer Sheet You Can't Refuse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 68:38

    Arpon Basu and Andrew Berkshire join the show to help unpack everything you need to know about Jesperi Kotkaniemi's offer sheet. We discuss what he's shown so far in his career, the kind of development he needs to do to help justify his new contract moving forward, Carolina's motives for going after him the way they did, and the big decision the Canadiens must now make for how they want to proceed. If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous though, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 411: The Open Market

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 69:02

    Ryan Lambert and Jack Fraser join the show to discuss the start of free agency, the biggest themes from day one, and the way teams have been throwing around money. Topics include: The going rate for big defensemen right now The gap between how teams are valuing certain players Trying to figure out what Seattle's plan is at the moment The way they decided to ultimately spend their cap space The opportunities they've missed out on so far Edmonton's busy day The risk vs. reward of Zach Hyman's contract The opportunity cost of how the Oilers built their blueline The Lightning gaming the system expertly Brayden Point's new extension If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 410: In This Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 55:15

    Alison Lukan joins the show to discuss the Seth Jones trade and extension, his declining numbers in recent years, and all of the assets the Blue Jackets got in return for him. Topics include: Gap between Seth Jones' reputation and results What's been causing his dip in performance Issues with judging players based on raw ice time How bad things got in Columbus last season Premium Chicago paid in both trade and extension Upside of Adam Boqvist and Jake Bean on blueline Blue Jackets swinging for fences with draft picks Trying to rebrand and rebuild Marc-Andre Fleury's trade to Chicago What Vegas does with their newfound cap space If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 409: The Goalie Carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 68:22

    Kevin Woodley joins the show to discuss the goalies that should be available this offseason, and the teams they'd fit best on moving forward. Topics include: Carolina's decision to move on from Nedeljkovic What the Hurricanes do in net next Why John Gibson is better than his recent numbers The effect playing on a bad team has on goalies How good Darcy Kuemper really is Matching goalie playing style to team playing style Jonathan Bernier's environment past two seasons Which of the two goalies Vegas will pick Route Seattle took with their goalie choices How much Freddy Andersen has left in the tank The second tier of free agent goalies If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 408: The Big Guy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 45:14

    Charlie O'Connor joins the show to discuss Philadelphia's busy offseason, their pursuit of improving defensively, and the seemingly polar opposite evaluations they've made in acquiring Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen. Topics include: The Flyers goal suppression issues last year How much of that was on defense vs. goaltending The relatively small acquisition cost for Ryan Ellis The stunning price they paid for Rasmus Ristolainen What they saw in him, and what they can get out of him The way the league views and values Ristolainen The horrible underlying numbers throughout his career Why the eye test shouldn't inspire any confidence Having tools vs. being able to use them effectively Environment, role, and results If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 407: Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 50:03

    Harman Dayal joins the show to discuss the mega trade between the Canucks and Coyotes that involved Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland, draft picks, and cap dumps. Topics include: The offensive value Garland provides OEL's decline and what's caused it Whether he can bounce back in new environment Short term gain of being better next season Long term pain of taking on added financial risk Kicking can down road rather than waiting a year Trying to make playoffs vs. win Stanley Cup Arizona fulling tearing it down and purchasing draft picks If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 406: Expansion Draft Takeaways

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 73:41

    Ryan Lambert and Jack Fraser join the show to discuss what Seattle chose to do at the expansion draft, how the Kraken will look in Year 1, what their next steps are, and specific picks that we found notable for either good or bad reasons. Topics include: The value of financial flexibility moving forward How they can spend the cap space they now have Forgoing bigger names with bigger price tags The strong defensive players they targeted The risk and reward of their goalie choices Picks we liked Picks we didn't like Why there weren't more side deals along the way How good their projection should be for Year 1 The ideal ways for them to improve moving forward If you're looking to pivot to preparing for the upcoming entry draft and need to jam in as much in-depth analysis as possible in a short period of time, the Elite Prospects Draft Guide is just the thing for you. It includes detailed scouting reports, projections, and breakdowns of every prospect that you need to know about. You can use the promo code DRAFTGUIDE, which gets your three free months on an annual subscription when you sign up. With it, you'll not only get the guide, but you'll get access to all of the great written content available at Elite Prospects Rinkside, which includes the musings of yours truly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 405: Mock Draft 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 104:24

    Cam Robinson and Chris Peters join the show to help preview the upcoming entry draft. Topics include: Mock draft of the top 15 picks What we think should happen vs. what we think will happen Realistic player comparisons for the top prospects Favourite talents that should be available later Risky picks that teams should stay away from The challenges of evaluating players this year Scouting using video versus in-person viewings What people mean when they say this class is weak What we're looking for when watching game tape How what we prioritize has evolved over time If you're looking for even more in-depth analysis of this year's draft class in preparation for it, the Elite Prospects Draft Guide is just the thing for you. It includes detailed scouting reports, projections, and breakdowns of every prospect that you need to know about. You can use the promo code DRAFTGUIDE, which gets your three free months on an annual subscription when you sign up. With it, you'll not only get the guide, but you'll get access to all of the great written content available at Elite Prospects Rinkside, which includes the musings of yours truly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 404: Wild Decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 38:44

    Thomas Drance joins the show to discuss the Minnesota Wild buying out the rest of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's contracts. Topics include: Why they chose to do it now The pros and cons of buying out the contracts The one year of financial flexibility they created Why the Wild find themselves at a crossroads this offseason Kirill Kaprizov's next contract The future dead cap charges that are coming Are they more or less likely to go after Eichel now? Going for it and worrying after vs. planning ahead The looming concerns about the recapture penalty Making trades ahead of the expansion draft Teams trying to learn from mistakes they made last time What Suter and Parise have left in the tank Potential landing spots for them this offseason If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 403: No Salary Retained

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 41:28

    Jack Fraser joins the show to discuss the Duncan Keith trade. Topics include: What kind of player he is at this point of his career How much of the defensive issues were on him vs. the team Can the Oilers can get better numbers out of him in different role Historical comparisons for this type of move Impact usage has on performance The fit for him given his present day skills Questioning why they paid the price they did, when they did The market for him and who had the leverage The risk and opportunity cost Edmonton is taking on How they could've used their cap space differently Making the most of an important offseason If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 402: Stanley Cup Final Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 53:07

    Mike Johnson joins the show to help preview the upcoming Stanley Cup Final, and discuss how the Lightning and Canadiens match up against each other. Topics include: Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov vs. Montreal's defense How Canadiens shut down Golden Knights forwards Phillip Danault's work in the matchup game The battle for premium real estate that we'll see Lightning power play vs. Canadiens penalty kill All of the different types of games Tampa Bay can play Montreal's opportunistic rush attack and quick breakouts Why Cole Caufield has been so effective If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 401: Potential Jack Eichel Trades

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 65:10

    Chad DeDominicis joins the show to discuss where things went wrong for Jack Eichel and the Sabres, the most interesting landing spots for him, and what kind of trade return Buffalo should be looking for. Topics include: Jack Eichel's 6 years in Buffalo How the Sabres failed to build around him properly Why the two parties reached a point of no return Exactly what kind of player is the team trading for him getting The next steps for the Sabres moving forward Organizational baggage when it comes to rebuilding.. again The type of assets they should be targeting Getting quality over quantity in trade packages Making the most of this year's draft, especially at the top The most interesting landing spots for Eichel If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 400: Method to Mark Stone's Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 55:13

    Jesse Granger joins the show to discuss how the Golden Knights came back from down two games to beat the Avalanche, how Mark Stone was able to slow Nathan MacKinnon down, and all of the stuff that has and hasn't worked for them this postseason. Topics include: Why this felt like such a big upset The adjustments Vegas made after Game 1 What player usage tells us about how coaches really feel The Mark Stone vs. Nathan MacKinnon head to head What Stone does to make him so effective The way their defensemen flip the puck out of the zone Putting pressure on the other team with puck pursuit Alex Pietrangelo's impact when it mattered most Playoff officiating and coaches working the refs Rink bias for recording shots, chances, and other stats Things to watch in the next round vs. Montreal If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 399: Round Two Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 55:35

    Andrew Berkshire joins the show to discuss how the Canadiens beat the Jets, how the Lightning beat the Hurricanes, and round two of the NHL postseason. Topics include: Enjoying the playoffs vs. trying to learn from them Individual talent vs. team structure when it comes to defending How Montreal dominated Winnipeg at 5-on-5 Paul Maurice talking about analytics Lineup balance and depth in this year's heavy schedule Cole Caufield's early playmaking before the goals have come Trying to match up against Colorado or Vegas Tampa Bay's strategy vs. Carolina How their power play keeps scoring all of the goals Victor Hedman's movement How they exploited the cap to their advantage Big offseason decisions for the Hurricanes How they can take the next step as contenders If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 398: Second Round Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 47:25

    Jack Fraser joins the show to discuss what we learned in the opening round of the postseason, and help preview the upcoming second round matchups. Topics include: Lightning vs. Hurricanes How Kucherov and Hedman looked at 5-on-5 Tampa Bay's power play vs. Carolina's penalty kill Nedeljkovic trying to keep up with Vasilevskiy  Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Vegas turning expected goals into actual goals Whether Colorado can keep up their shot shares Mark Stone vs. Nathan MacKinnon Islanders vs. Bruins Boston's top-six Islanders counter attack and forecheck If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 397: An Avalanche of Talent

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 43:10

    Jack Han joins the show to discuss the Colorado Avalanche, why they've been steamrolling teams so far this season, and what we can learn from their success. Why we're interested in learning from the Avalanche Adjustments they've made to their playing style Having good players, and getting the most out of them Their improved defensive metrics this season The interplay between defense and offense Aggressively defending the blueline, forcing dump-ins The 'neutral zone regroup' Snowball effect of shifts and concept of momentum Role coach plays on highly talented teams Creating environment that young players can step into Their team-building approach Respond to playoff disappointment and getting lucky If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 396: 2021 Playoff Preview, North Division

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 50:32

    Mike Johnson joins the show to preview the opening round matchups in the North Division. The topics include:Learning from the season series between the Oilers and JetsWhat the Jets should do to try to slow down Connor McDavidPros and cons of trying to line match in a playoff seriesPlaying McDavid and Draisaitl together vs. splitting them upNikolaj Ehlers' importance to the JetsThe struggles on the power play for the LeafsLeafs defense vs. Canadiens offense (and vice versa)Why Brendan Gallagher is the engine for Montreal's offenseDifferent forward combinations for the Leafs based on game stateIf you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 395: 2021 Playoff Preview, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 58:55

    Ryan Lambert joins the show to help kick off our playoff previews by deep diving the round one matchups in the East and Central divisions. The topics include:Carolina's nearly flawless statistical resumeWhat the Predators need to do to make a series of itThe Hurricanes forecheck vs. Predators skilled defensemenThe impact of seeing fans at the rink for a playoff game againWhy Lightning vs. Panthers is the most exciting round 1 matchupWhat to expect from Kucherov, Stamkos, and TB's returning playersConcerns about Victor Hedman since his injuryHow the Panthers use defensemen to dominate in transitionWhat Florida will do in net with their goalie optionsWhat to make of Boston's numbers considering the teams they've playedTaylor Hall's impact on the Bruins 2nd line and 5-on-5 playThe Capitals power play vs. the Bruins penalty killWhy the Capitals are more dangerous than shot rates suggestHow much to buy into the Islanders limping into the playoffsBarry Trotz's ability to plan for an opponent in a series settingAdam Pelech and Ryan Pulock vs. Crosby's linePittsburgh's secondary scoring and manufacturing offenseWhat the Penguins need to do to avoid a repeat of 2019If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 394: Officially Unofficial Awards Ballot

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 62:58

    Dom Luszczyszyn joins the show to discuss how we're filling out our awards ballots for the 2020-2021 NHL regular season. The topics include:The last finalist in the Calder votingKirill Kaprizov vs. Jason RobertsonAndrei Vasilevskiy fading down the stretchJuuse Saros' herculean effort getting Nashville inWhat defense looks like as part of a two-way effortSasha Barkov's monster seasonWhy Jaccob Slavin has to (finally) win the Lady Byng Separating coaches from their team's PDOAll of the strong candidates in the Norris discussionCale Makar's impact when he's playedCharlie McAvoy's 5-on-5 performanceVictor Hedman's ability vs. stats this seasonThe historical context of Connor McDavid's numbersIf you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 393: Zero-Sum Hockey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 70:18

    Sean Shapiro joins the show to help deep dive the ups and downs this season for the Dallas Stars, the excitement behind Jason Robertson's special rookie year, and the future of NHL broadcasts in the States. Topics include:The battle between Dallas and Nashville for 4th in CentralUnderlying numbers vs. results for the Stars1-goal games, and waiting for regression in short seasonImpact of COVID on player performance this seasonContextualizing Anton Khudobin's strugglesRoope Hintz's production despite uncertain statusUnlocking combination of Hintz and RobertsonDetails in Robertson's game that have made him successfulJason Robertson vs. Kirill Kaprizov for the CalderNot taking John Klingberg's contributions for grantedMiro Heiskanen's next contractNHL's new TV partners in the U.S.The financial impact the deals will haveHow the league can better sell the productIf you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 392: Behind the Scenes of the Trade Deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 61:28

    Chris Johnston joins the show to discuss the moves we saw made at the NHL trade deadline, the behind the scenes of how they came together, and why teams made the decisions that they ultimately did. Topics include:What the market was actually like for Taylor HallHow much the Bruins improved at the deadlineSteve Yzerman accumulating assetsHow Mantha-for-Vrana came togetherThe Leafs motivation for going after Foligno Why the Oilers and Jets were relatively quietHuge decisions ahead for the Blue JacketsColorado's patient team building approachTeams using LTIR to their advantageTeams that will be active this offseasonIf you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 391: Market Adjustments

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 75:43

    Rob Pizzola joins the show to discuss what we can learn from this weird season, how external factors like schedule and officiating can impact team performance, and the NHL's foray into the sports betting world. Topics include:Learning from this weird seasonWhat we can glean from matchup data Gap in talent between top teams and the restQuantifying the effect of fatigue on teamsTransparency and accountability for officiatingPros and cons of NHL embracing gamblingBroadcasts trying to talk about betting propsDifference between starters and backup goaliesHow quickly the lines adjust to new informationTeams that are under and overvalued by marketStanley Cup contender oddsIf you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!

    Episode 390: Trades We'd Like to See

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 74:55

    Thomas Drance and Ryan Lambert join the show to help get ready for the upcoming deadline by pitching trades we'd like to see. Topics include:Obstacles standing in the way of meaningful trades this deadlineThe small list of teams that are true buyers vs. the many sellersThe impact players realistically availableTrades we'd really like to seeRidiculous three-team trades that'll never happen but are funThe best landing spots for Taylor HallThe Islanders trading for Palmieri (which happened!)Stories about Lou Lamoriello and Mike HoffmanFixing the Bruins secondary scoring issuesThe Jets improving their defenseCreative ways for the Golden Knights to add firepowerColorado's need for a better backup goalieAggressive  bigger picture moves the Oilers can make

    Episode 389: Six Big Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 62:53

    Dom Luszczyszyn joins the show to discuss six big questions we have for the remainder of the season. The topics include:Does anyone have a higher ceiling than the Avalanche?Are the Islanders the team you're most confident in from the East?Can the Panthers or Hurricanes challenge the Lightning?Team(s) we've been most surprised by / wrong aboutTeam(s) we're most disappointed in / had higher hopes forTeam(s) to keep an eye on in the second halfIf you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help!If you're a fan of the content you hear on the show and would like more written content, you can get two free months off on your annual subscription for Elite Prospects Rinkside by using the promo code 'ILOVEEP'. That'll get you access to articles written by myself and many guests that have appeared on the show, including Cam Robinson, Rachel Doerrie, and Ryan Lambert.

    Episode 388: Making Necessary Adjustments

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 59:53

    Jack Han joins the show to discuss adjustments the Leafs are trying to make this season to finally get over the hump, getting the most out of your players with your team's tactics,  how to use video and analytics together to paint a more complete picture, and a variety of other topics. Other things we talk about in this episode include:Changes Leafs have been trying to implementNeutral zone schemes to get in control of the gamePace, defending leads, tightening screws when neededActively seeking out higher quality shot attemptsCoaches making things easy on their playersTampa Bay's creativity in the offensive zoneWhat makes the Islanders so effectiveDarryl Sutter's instant impact on the FlamesHow dump and chase can be effective in 2021Why forechecking can be so difficult, yet so simpleImportance of pre-scouting opponents this seasonA team's in-house metrics vs. public onesJets defensive numbers, how much is avoidableHow to get the most out of video and analyticsIf you'd like to get a copy of Jack's new book about the history of hockey and how tactics from the past inform today's game, you can do so here.If you'd like to sign up for Elite Prospects Rinkside and get access to all of the premium articles, you can get two free months off your annual subscription with the promo code 'ILOVEEP'. 

    Episode 387: The Rightsholders

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 73:24

    Emily Kaplan and Chris Johnston join the show to help fill out midseason awards ballots. We discuss what we're looking for when making our choices in each category, the best candidates at this point, and storylines to watch for in the second half. Topics include:The Calder TrophyThe Norris TrophyThe Selke TrophyThe Vezina TrophyThe Jack AdamsThe Hart TrophyThe best comeback performanceThe most underrated playerThe best offseason acquisitionThe player that's most proven they're legit this seasonESPN's deal with the NHLCJ's new and improved Twitter strategy

    Episode 386: Expected by Exactly Whom

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 63:09

    Chad DeDominicis joins the show to discuss the Buffalo Sabres, the cursed start to the season, and what to make of their strange underlying numbers. Topics include:All of the bad luck they've suffered throughTheir historically bad 5v5 offenseHow shooting % fluctuations can mess with youDo they have the right system for their personnel?Pros and cons of low event hockeyIs Ralph Krueger best suited to be a coach?Victor Olofsson at 5v5 vs. on the power playThe mystifying way they've used Jeff SkinnerSkinner's value, trying to make it worth Ways to improve the team this seasonKeeping Jack Eichel happyEichel's shooting this yearTaylor Hall's futureIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 385: Penguins Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 62:27

    Jesse Marshall joins the show to help deep dive the Pittsburgh Penguins and their eventful start to the season. Topics include:Surviving a bumpy first monthWhy they're fortunate to be where they areMaking sense of a strange underlying shot profileThe funk Evgeni Malkin has been inWhat's wrong with him, and how they can fix himMixing and matching in the top 6Bryan Rust proving he's totally legitJim Rutherford's unplanned exitImportance of coach and front office being on same pageManaging multiple timelines as organizationPutting players in position to succeed based on their skills Getting back to 5-on-5 dominanceIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 384: Where it All Went Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 81:57

    Harman Dayal and Satiar Shah join the show to discuss where things have went wrong for the Vancouver Canucks this season, how to divvy up the blame for it, and what they need to do to fix it moving forward. Topics include:The bad optics of their offseasonDeeper rooted issues dating back yearsPaying for past mistakesIntentionally rebuilding vs. being bad by accidentHaving plan and executing it properlyGM vs. Owner vs. CoachFront office power strugglesOwnership meddling in movesMaking big changes now vs. offseasonLosing the roomGoaltending vs. defensive issuesHughes and Pettersson's struggles this yearThe impact on their next contractsTrying to salvage the rest of the seasonBig decisions coming up

    Episode 383: Blockbuster Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 54:48

    Alison Lukan and Murat Ates join the show to discuss the blockbuster trade between the Blue Jackets and Jets, how Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine will fit with their new teams, and how they can get the most out of them moving forward. Topics include:The timeline leading up to the tradeWhat the market was actually like for DuboisWhy Jarmo Kekalainen made the moveWhy the Jets were the perfect trade partnerHow much of PLD's rep as a player is deservedHow his passing is a great fit next to Jets shootersWhether he'll be able to improve their team defenseWhere things went wrong for Laine in WinnipegWhat's to blame for the dip in his shooting %How CBJ can get his shot back to where it wasWhether CBJ's system can cover for his limitationsHow they can get the most out of his toolsWinners and losers of the tradeThe next contract for both

    Episode 382: Winning Hab-its

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 70:53

    Arpon Basu joins the show to help discuss the strong start to the season for the Montreal Canadiens, how their playing style and depth has helped them take advantage of a wide open North Division, and what we can learn from their early results. Topics include:Their hot start offensivelyHow much stock to put into early season dataThe competition in the North DivisionHow they're taking advantage of opportunitiesHow they're creating those opportunitiesBalancing offense vs. defense, risk vs. rewardNick Suzuki's impressive start How and why he played them out of PLD talksThe team's forward depthThe future of the center positionPhillip Danault's value and next contractProtecting investment in PriceFuture questions they'll need to answer

    Episode 381: The Thrill of Kirill

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 56:15

    Michael Russo joins the show to help deep dive Kirill Kaprizov's immediate impact, why the wait appears to have been worth it, and how he's helping the Minnesota Wild change the public perception of their franchise. Topics include:Why Kirill Kaprizov has captured everyone's attentionWhy the Wild desperately needed a talent like himWhat he does well, why he can succeed in the NHLWhat we can learn from his first couple gamesWild trying to change public perception of themGoals for this season and questions to answerKevin Fiala following up on his breakoutFuture contracts for Kaprizov and FialaLineup construction and team building theoryPlaying styles and helping stars shine

    Episode 380: Narrative Street

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 71:11

    Dom Luszczyszyn and Rob Pizzola join the show to discuss what we can learn from this unique season, the complicating factors to consider when picking winners, and some of the best bets on the board. Topics include:Weird results in shortened seasonsThe importance of home ice advantage and travelBalancing human element and statistical modelingRange of outcomes in 1st half vs. 2nd halfMatchup trends and opponent familiarityWhether defensive teams will have early advantageBetting on bad teamsBest bets and team point totalsPlayer props and individual awardsIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 379: Breakout Candidates in 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 66:47

    Andrew Berkshire joins the show to discuss potential breakout candidates for the coming season. Topics include:What we're looking for when identifying potential breakoutsJack Hughes coming back stronger for Year 2Andrew Mangiapane in Calgary's Top 6Nick Suzuki building off bubble performanceMatt Grzelcyk taking advantage of opportunityBrady Tkachuk's underlying dominanceRasmus Dahlin reminding everyone how good he isAndrew's pick out of left fieldKirill Kaprizov's KHL resumeJuuse Saros' time is finally hereYoung defensemen finally being unleashedIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 378: Bubble Burst

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 60:18

    Samantha Pell joins the show to help deep dive the Washington Capitals. We discuss their bizarre performance the last time we saw them, how it influenced their busy offseason, and what kind of effect all of those changes will have this year. Topics include:What makes them one of the toughest teams to figure outWhy changes were necessary after the bubbleUnpacking all of their offseason movesPeter Laviolette's effect in Year 1How the team wants to play differentlyWhy they pursued and landed Zdeno CharaAlex Ovechkin's next contract and goal chaseIlya Samsonov having the crease to himselfPros and cons of having older team for this weird seasonIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 377: 2021 Watchability Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 94:51

    Jeff Marek joins the show for this year's version of what's become an annual preseason tradition for the show - the Watchability Rankings. We discuss what we're looking forward to watching, and rank all 31 teams based on the entertainment value we think they'll provide in the 2021 season. Topics include:How we put together our lists and tiered teamsWhat we find entertaining and worth watchingThe bad rebuilding teams already looking to the futureThe good defensive teams that aren't especially excitingThe teams that have a lot of brand new facesThe teams we're particularly high or low onThe usual suspects in the EastThe explosive Canadian DivisionIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 376: Rebuilding the Senators

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 68:36

    Hailey Salvian joins the show to deep dive the Ottawa Senators rebuild. We discuss the issues that have plagued them in the past, what they've been up to this offseason, and the questions that need to be answered before they really turn things around. Topics include:The fanbase's Melnyk FatigueWhether they made the most of their offseasonThe financial motives for their movesCreating environment to help young players transitionBrady Tkachuk's next contractThe pursuit of a number 1 centerPatiently seeing rebuild all the way throughHow expensive being a contender can beThe recent trades they've madeIf you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join

    Episode 375: Things We're Interested In

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 63:14

    Chris Johnston joins the show to discuss the players, teams, and stories we're most interested in heading into the 2021 season. The topics include:Did Vegas get better after all of their moves?Colorado's new status as favouritesNathan MacKinnon's evolution in the bubbleConnor McDavid with a chip on his shoulderThe final chapters of Alex Ovechkin's storyThe unique nature of the Canadian DivisionTampa Bay without Kucherov or cap crunch

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