A season into the NHL's new overtime format, Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert examines what sort of impact shifting from 4-on-4 to 3-on-3 had on the game.
One number-crunching effort from USA Today showed that in the first three months of last season, only a little more than 1-in-3 overtimes went to a shootout. Once the new year rolled around, that number grew to nearly 1-in-2. You can explain some of that away as variance; sometimes pucks just don't go in despite everyone's best efforts. And still, the league was deciding more games with the shootout than not (60 percent through mid-March versus 42 percent the year before).
Lambert also looked at how stats like shooting percentage and shots on goal changed when looking at 3-on-3 vs 4-on-4.
Well, the first is that a greater percentage of attempts are actually getting through to the net, and given that goal-scoring exploded on a per-five-minutes basis - thanks to both a dramatic increase in shots on goal and shooting percentages - we can also surmise that the quality of shots in general increased significantly.
There's more on OT at the link. [Puck Daddy]
You can expect to see more creativity from John Klingberg this season, says Mike Heika. [SportsDayDFW]
And speaking of Klingberg, here's your chance to vote on his offseason hairstyle.
Ales Hemsky stopped by a Stars summer hockey camp yesterday to give some pointers.
Ales Hemsky helping out at a summer hockey camp this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/3SdSq6wHFK— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) July 29, 2016
Brush up on your numbers knowledge by reading this round table that features some of your favorite NHL stat gurus. [NHL Numbers]
Bobby Ryan writes about his mother and her influence on him days after her death.
Take a look at the new logos created for the five minor league teams getting their start this season. [Hockey by Design]
And finally, Tyler Seguin continues to make friends this offseason.